SUDBURY -- A boil water is in effect for residents in Cobalt, the Temiskaming Health Unit said Friday evening.

"This advisory is due sampling results," the health unit said in a news release. "This boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice."

Boil your water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, the health unit said. You may also use bottled water to:

- drink;

- gargle, brush your teeth or rinse dentures;

- wash fruits, vegetables and other food;

- make ice, juices, puddings, or other mixes;

- make baby food or formula (bottled water or alternate potable supply only).

For bathing and washing, adults, teens and older children can use unboiled water for baths and showers. Small children can be given sponge-baths instead of tub baths or showers.

"Do not swallow any unboiled water used for showers and baths," the release said.

It is safe to use a dishwasher with a high heat setting or sanitize cycle. For manual dishwashing, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse, sanitize and allow dishes to air dry as usual. To sanitize, mix 1 tsp. of bleach to 1 litre of water, and let dishes soak in the solution for one minute.

For a complete list of recommendations, refer to the information sheet titled Boil Water Advisory: How to Use Your Water Safely located on the health unit's website.

If you have any questions regarding this advisory, contact the municipal office at 705-679-8877, 705-679-8833, or the Timiskaming Health Unit at 705-647-4305.