***NOTE: BOIL WATER ADVISORY to continue through the weekend, see more from this update. ***
Residents on the far west side of the city have been issued a BOIL WATER advisory by the City of Prince Rupert, though the reason for the order has not, as of yet, been identified by the City.
The order was issued late Monday afternoon for areas of the city consisting of the 1400 block to 1900 block of 2nd Avenue West, Graham Avenue, Atlin Avenue, Moresby Avenue, Van Arsdol Street and 12th, 123th, 14th, 14th, 16th and 17th streets.
A Boil Water advisory means that residents and water system users can safely use the water for brushing teeth, drinking and cooking providing they heat the water to a rapid boil for at least 2 to 3 minutes in advance of consumption.
Use of water for bathing and washing clothes is considered safe without boiling.
Further information on the steps the city is taking to rectify the situation can be found from the City website.
Update: Tuesday morning, the City outlined some background on the water situation on the west side to the Northern View.
Advising that the problems were related to issues of low flow levels in the area and the need to introduce large levels of fresh water into the system on that side of the city.
Northern Health offered up some advice o the public on the current Boil Water Advisory through their twitter feed on Tuesday: