Boil Water Advisory: Lyall Harbour Boot Cove (Saturna Island)

Oct 09, 2021 (updated Dec 21, 2021, 2:21pm)

This advisory remains in effect. Residents in the impacted area should continue to BOIL their drinking water until further notice.

The boil water advisory for the Lyall Harbour Boot Cove Water Service Area remains in effect due to elevated treated water turbidity. The Capital Regional District (CRD) in consultation with Island Health issued a boil water advisory for the Lyall Harbour Boot Cove Water Service Area on October 9, 2021. The Lyall Harbour Boot Cove Water System provides drinking water to 153 residential lots located on the west side of Saturna Island in the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area. (refer to map below).

Residents in the impacted area should BOIL their drinking water until further notice.

What’s going on? The community’s water supply comes from two sources – the Money Lake Reservoir and a groundwater seepage pit. The wet weather experienced in the region this fall has resulted in higher levels of raw water turbidity entering the water treatment plant from these two sources. The treatment process has not been able to reduce the turbidity below 1.0 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) which is the Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality maximum level of turbidity.

What is the CRD doing to mitigate the issue? The CRD has taken a number of steps to mitigate this issue: complete flush of the raw water supply piping system; inspection of filter media in the four multi-media filters; and, ensuring the 5 and 1 micron-filters are operating and optimized.

What are the next steps? The CRD will augment the media in the four multi-media filters as soon as possible. The Boil Water Advisory will be removed when Island Health is satisfied that the drinking water does not pose a health concern and issues an ‘ALL CLEAR’ notice, at which time the customers of the Lyall Harbour Boot Cove Water Service Area will be notified as soon as possible. During the Boil Water Advisory, household tap water may be disinfected by boiling it vigorously for 1 minute.

For updates regarding this advisory, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/alerts and follow us on Twitter @crd_bc.

For more information on boil water advisories, please visit www.islandhealth.ca/boilwater.