600 Comox Road
Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
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Water emergencies (including Sandwick residents starting January 1) - 1-877-999-2285
November 5, 2014
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and Island Health have lifted the boil water advisory effective immediately.
Following daily testing and regular monitoring of the system since the advisory was put in place on October 27, 2014, the CVRD and Island Health are confident that the water quality of the system is now safely within drinking water guidelines.
This summer river inflows to Comox Lake were extremely low, resulting in low water levels in the lake and streams. Recent heavy rainfalls caused the inflows to increase abruptly, scouring the river beds that had been dry all summer and washing silt and debris into the lake, causing the lake to become highly turbid. Over the last week, the lake has been flushing itself with clean water and the turbidity levels have gradually decreased. The water quality is now back to acceptable levels.
The water that supplies the Comox Valley water system originates in Comox Lake and is taken from the Puntledge River and delivered to approximately 41,000 residents. Those areas affected by the boil water advisory were the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent, and England Road water local service areas.
Island Health guidelines recommends the following after a boil water advisory has been lifted:
For up-to-date information and resources on the boil water advisory, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/boil.
The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
Manager of communications
Comox Valley Regional District