Houston boil water notice continues. (File photo)

Crews drain, refill reservoir in response to coliform count

Boil water advisory issued Nov. 5

District of Houston crews have now drained, re-chlorinated and refilled a water reservoir following a high coliform count which resulted in a boil water notice being issued yesterday afternoon.

Speaking today, District chief administrative officer Gerald Pinchbeck said the District believes the high count resulted from a water turnover issue in the reservoir, called Reservoir 2, as that was the only location in which test results were outside of drinking water standards.

“We have also disconnected Reservoir #1 to improve water cycling in Reservoir #2. We will be reviewing the design and operating parameters of this facility going forward to mitigate the risk of future advisories being issued,” he said.

Based on established guidelines, the Northern Health Authority has to be satisfied drinking water meets standards.

Northern Health says rescinding a notice depends upon more testing.

“Removal of the boil water notice will be considered when two consecutive samples, taken a minimum 24 hours apart, are absent for Coliform bacteria and E. coli,” Northern Health has indicated.

Results of a sample taken Oct. 29 and sent to a firm called Norlabs and available yesterday revealed high coliform counts and low chlorine levels, prompting the boil water notice.

“This was the only location that tested outside of parameters, and the District in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Northern Health are issuing the Boil Water Notice out of an abundance of caution,” Pinchbeck noted.

District crews test for residual chlorine levels around the entire system bi-weekly, and send samples to Norlabs monthly for bacteriological testing as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, he said.

For as long as the notice is in effect, residents are being told to bring water to a roiling boil for one minute, making sure the water then cools down sufficiently prior to drinking or using.

The District also says it has received confirmation from Northern Health that water from a U-Fill station equipped with Ultraviolet Light treatment equipment is safe for consumption and food preparation.

“At this time, Northern Health is aware of such equipment being present at Houston Food Market. If you are using another station, you are advised to contact the site manager to confirm what equipment is in place at the location,” the district says.

Northern Health, however, through information posted by the District, notes that not all UV lamps are made equally.

“If the UV lamp has NSF55A certification and operating as per manufacturer’s instructions, it should be capable of treating water. For other UV lamps, they are welcome to contact Environmental Health at Smithers Community Health – 250-847-6400 to inquire further. When in doubt, boil the water as specified,” the District adds of information distributed by Northern Health.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Citing stability, B.C. Premier calls snap election for Oct. 24

John Horgan meets with Lieutenant Governor to request vote

Routine medical check for adult canadians; what you need to know

Preventive Medicine is a proactive method of health care delivery. Its’ aim… Continue reading

Grant to provide solar panel to coho hatchery

And work on expansion is proceeding

Council shifts focus on highway utility line project

Council has decided not to seek a meeting with the chair of… Continue reading

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Vancouver Island sailor stranded in U.S. hospital after suffering massive stroke at sea

Oak Bay man was attempting to circumnavigate the world solo

Most Read