Temporarily Cloudy Water Is Safe to Drink

Jun 25, 2008

Victoria, BC- CRD Water Services advises that residents of the Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, North Saanich, Oak Bay, Saanich, Sidney, Victoria and View Royal may notice their tap water is cloudy (contains increased turbidity) for the next 4 to 24 hours. 

The municipalities of Sooke, East Sooke, and the Gulf Islands will not be affected. Residents of the Saanich Peninsula municipalities may not notice much of a turbidity increase since they are further away from the source.

The increased cloudiness in the tap water was caused by a temporary failure of a water level sensor.  This sensor controls the supply of water flowing into the drinking water system. This, in turn raised some of the sediments in the supply mains, which resulted in the cloudy water. The problem has been corrected and the water coming into the system is returning to normal. The increased cloudiness may take a number of hours to pass through the system.

Throughout this time, the water was disinfected using both ultraviolet light and chlorine. Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has been notified and they advise that, while the water is somewhat coloured, it continues to be safe to drink. Residents that filter their drinking water may notice their filters clogging prematurely.

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For more information please contact:

Nils Jensen, Chair, Regional Water Supply Commission
Tel: 250.370.3635
Cell: 250.208.4887

Stewart Irwin, Water Quality Manager, CRD Water Services
Tel: 250.474.9603
Cell: 250.727.5995

Gary Gibson, Supervisor, VIHA
Tel: 250.475.1858
Cell: 250.744.9993