Notifications and Sampling Results
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Sampling results

Find the results of water samples taken for a water supply system. For bacteriological results, pick the geographical region and then search for the water system name.

* Note: Chemical results are not available at this time

For community water systems, water samples should be collected by water purveyors or other suitably trained personnel and submitted for bacteriological testing.

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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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