Notifications and Sampling Results
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Wildfire Information

Water suppliers please take note:

  • Any water systems that experience disruption to regular operations, such as loss of treatment, loss of pressure, loss of power, loss of source or loss of system integrity should implement their emergency response procedures immediately.
  • This includes issuing public notifications such as boil water notices, water quality advisories, or do not use orders, as appropriate.
  • Prior to resuming normal operations, water suppliers should undertake remedial actions such as flushing, disinfection and resampling as required.

Additional support:

Water suppliers impacted by wildfire activity are encouraged to contact an Environmental Health Officer for additional consultation and support.

Sampling results

Interior Health tracks drinking water sample results for small to medium sized community water systems and for selected beaches, these samples are available here.

 Water Samples

* Note: Community system water samples are collected by the owner of the system or other suitably trained personnel and submitted for bacteriological testing. Chemical water sample results are not available at this time.

Signage for operators

Water notifications

Water system operators use 3 types of water notifications to inform consumers of negative impacts to the quality of the water being supplied:

  1. Boil Water Notice
  2. Water Quality Advisory
  3. Do Not Use

Search for current notifications by water system name.

Boil water notice

A boil water notice is issued when a health risk is determined to be in the drinking water source.  Bring water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute, or use an alternate, safe source of water. Use boiled water for:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing fruits & vegetables to be eaten raw
  • Preparing food
  • Mixing baby formula
  • Making ice 

Visit BC Health File – Disinfecting Drinking Water for more information.

Water quality advisory

A water quality advisory 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.

Water quality advisory may be issued when certain chemicals, such as arsenic, are detected in the drinking water at a level that could pose a long term health risk. The advisory will describe the nature of the risk and what actions a consumer can take to reduce the risk. 

Do not use notice

A Do Not Use notice is issued when there is an imminent risk that the drinking water will cause illness even if the water is boiled. We recommend not using the water for any purposes except flushing toilets.

 

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