Friday, December 14, 2018

Boil Water Notice in effect in Prince Rupert

The City of Prince Rupert issued a BOIL  WATER notice to residents and businesses on Friday afternoon, with the advisory from 4:21 PM stating that the notice will be in effect for a over a week.

The advisory was put into effect after samples collected by the City indicated that cryptosporidium and giardia  levels were higher than acceptable, the cause of the situation is being attributed to the dry summer that the City experienced, combined with a storm surge event which has resulted in debris in the water supply.

"Residents are directed to boil water continuously for one minute prior to drinking. Seniors, children, and people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk. Please note that home water filtration systems are not considered effective in restoring water quality in this instance.."

The City and Northern Health will continue to monitor the situation by sampling the water supply and will remove the notice once the bacterial components have been lowered to acceptable levels.

The full advisory from the City Can be reviewed here.

Notes released by the City related to the Boil Advisory include:

A boil water notice is issued when a health risk is determined in the drinking water source. 

We recommend boiling the water for a minimum of 1 minute when used for: Drinking Cooking (if not boiled) Brushing teeth Washing dishes Washing fruits & vegetables to be eaten raw.

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