Water Quality Advisory in Effect Over Weekend as Precautionary Measure

Thu, August 4, 2022

Please note that as a precautionary measure, the Water Quality Advisory for sensitive users has been re-issued over the weekend for the City of Prince Rupert. An update is anticipated following the completion of the weekend’s water sampling program.

A Water Quality Advisory is a precautionary measure issued to residents considered most ‘at risk’. 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. 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).

As per Northern Health guidance, some risk may remain for particularly at-risk people such as newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

The following sensitive customers should be careful when ingesting the water:

•             Children and infants under the age of 2 years

•             The elderly (65 years of age and older)

•             People with weakened immune systems (if unsure consult with a physician)

For these sensitive customers, as a precaution, all water intended for the following uses should be boiled for 1 minute, then cool and place in a food grade storage container before

•             Drinking

•             Washing fruits and vegetables

•             Making beverages or ice

•             Brushing teeth

Alternatively, sensitive customers could choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been appropriately filtered through a well-maintained treatment device.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT

Veronika Stewart, Communications Manager

250 627 0976

veronika.stewart@princerupert.ca