Boil Water Notice Downgraded to Water Quality Advisory

News Release

Low level Advisory Continuing due to construction impacts

PRINCE RUPERT, NOVEMBER 8th, 2023, – Residents are advised that the Boil Water Notice has now been downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory. The Advisory remains in effect due to the many open construction sites around the community.

A Water Quality Advisory is a precautionary measure issued to residents considered most ‘at risk’. It indicates a level of risk associated with consuming the drinking water, but the conditions do not warrant a boil water notice or do-not-use water notice. It is the lowest level notification and is issued as a precautionary measure, particularly to those with compromised immune systems that they should take appropriate steps, such as boiling their water prior to consuming. This Advisory remains in effect due to the high number of construction sites involving our water supply that are currently active.

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

Owners of public facilities are requested to post Water Quality Advisories at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public, alternatively, public fountains and taps should be turned off. As opportunities arise they must also advise their clientele verbally of the Water Quality Advisory.

If water users in construction areas see a milky quality or sediment in their water, please run cold water, preferably through your bathtub or laundry sink taps, until it is cleared. Do not run appliances that use the water system (laundry, dishwasher, fridges) until water runs clear.  

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Veronika Stewart, Manager of Communications, Engagement and Social Development
Office: (250) 627 0976
Cell: (778) 884 6285