Nova Scotians affected by power outages are being cautioned not to draw drinking water from surface sources.
Without power, residents with wells may not have access to drinking water unless they have a generator.
"Sometimes people may be tempted to use springs, lakes, rivers, etc. for water sources," Environment Department spokeswoman Lori Errington said July 9. "This is not a safe practice. Untreated water from any source can contain harmful bacteria and should not be used for drinking water."
Errington added that people using water systems affected by the power outage should try to conserve water as it may be in short supply.