Island Health differentiates between three types of advisories:
A Water Quality Advisory is the lowest-level notification; it’s used to notify the public about a situation that may pose a problem for some individuals or may pose a low risk to the general population.
A Boil Water Notice advises users to boil their tap water for drinking and other domestic purposes. It aims to protect the public from infectious agents that could be present in the drinking water supply and can be effectively removed by boiling the water.
A Restricted Use of Water Notice is the highest-level notification; it’s issued when the threat to public health is potentially significant and can’t be effectively addressed by boiling the water. Restrictions on use will be specified for each situation.
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is the name of a germ (or bacterium) that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. There are many types of E. coli, most of which are harmless. However, some can potentially cause severe health issues. For more information, visit www.healthlinkbc.ca.
The best way to protect yourself and your household is to boil your water for one minute, at a rolling boil, before consuming. If you are concerned about your health, or the health of someone you know, visit www.healthlinkbc.ca or call 8-1-1
The boil water notice will be lifted once the water is safe to drink.