Decontamination Methods for Water-related Equipment

If water-related equipment removed from a water body cannot be completely dried prior to placing it into another water body, the water-related equipment must be decontaminated using one of the measures indicated in the table below.

Water-related equipment could also be taken to a provincially-operated Watercraft Inspection Station to be decontaminated with hot water. Please click here for information on the station locations and the hours of operation.

 Product

 Dilution

Method

Duration

Next steps

bleach 5.25% (household sodium hypochloride)

100 ml bleach to 1 L of water

Completely submerge and ensure the item is in direct contact with solution.

30 minutes

Rinse thoroughly with potable water and wipe down with a cloth.

vinegar (white) (5% acetic acid)

no dilution required

Completely submerge and ensure the item is in direct contact with solution.

60 minutes

Rinse thoroughly with potable water and wipe down with a cloth

7% hydrogen peroxide

64 ml to 1 L of water

Completely submerge and ensure the item is in direct contact with solution.

60 minutes

Rinse thoroughly with potable water and wipe down with a cloth.

table salt (NaCl)

10 ml of salt to 1 L of water

Completely submerge and ensure the item is in direct contact with solution.

24 hours

Rinse thoroughly with potable water and wipe down with a cloth.

hot water (>60 C)

N/A

Completely submerge and ensure the item is in direct contact with water at all times.

10 seconds

Wipe down with a cloth.

hot water (>60 C)

N/A

Clean with hot water (minimum 60 C) that is discharged at a pressure between 40 to 60 psi. The water must be sprayed no more than 10 cm from the surface being cleaned.

All surfaces being cleaned must receive a minimum of 20 seconds of exposure to the hot water.

Wipe down with a cloth.

temperatures below -10 C

N/A

Expose item to required minimum temperature.

three consecutive days

None