City Issues Reminders re: Water Quality Advisory, Flushing

Fri, December 11, 2020

Please note that due to continued high turbidity, the Water Quality Advisory issued October 31st for the City of Prince Rupert’s most sensitive water users remains in effect.  Northern Health recommends that children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with weakened immune systems drink boiled water at this time.

Please note this is the lowest level notification, and is issued as a precautionary measure. There is currently no evidence of increased risk to water users, and testing is being conducted to continually monitor water quality and adjust recommendations accordingly. This advisory will remain in effect until another public notice, amendment or rescindment is directed by the Drinking Water Officer at Northern Health Authority.

For these sensitive users, as a precaution, all water intended for the following uses should be boiled for 1 minute, then cooled and placed in a food grade storage container before

  • Drinking
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Making beverages or ice
  • Brushing teeth

Heavy rainfall, as well as the current reliance on the City’s secondary water source at Shawatlans Lake are believed to be contributing factors to increased incidences of elevated turbidity. It is anticipated that turbidity events will decrease following the return to the City’s primary supply at Woodworth Lake, following the completion of the dam in 2021. In addition, removal of sediment will be a component of the City’s new water treatment facility, which is anticipated to be completed in 2023.

Additional Reminder re: Flushing for Residences and Businesses that may Contain Lead in Private Home/Commercial Plumbing  

The City would also like to remind  the community that, as a precautionary measure, if you do not know for certain that your plumbing does not contain lead you should run a tap in your home or business for 2-3 minutes until it runs cold any time that water is left to sit in your pipes. Flushing your home water system in this way will help to ensure you are receiving a fresh source of water from beyond the home.



Veronika Stewart, Communications Manager

City of Prince Rupert

(250) 627 0976