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Current Drinking Water Notices

Important Information About Boil Water Notices

Here you can find boil water notices and other advisories currently in place within VIHA. When a notice is no longer in effect, it is removed from the list. Boil Water Notices may be subject to change on short notice. Updated information is posted to this site as often as possible, taking into account such factors, amongst others, as how late in the business week or prior to holidays the information is obtained. The most current information on the status of a Boil Water Notice can be obtained from the operator of the water system.

Always check with your local water supplier for the most up to date information.

Important Notes

  • Boil water notices on First Nations land are not included on this page. A list is available from Health Canada.
  • Some small water systems have been under a boil notice for years. This means they have not been able to ensure the water they provide is safe to consume without first boiling it.

Types of Advisories

Boil Water Notice (BWN):

Used to advise public that there is a significant public health threat to their water supply and that they should boil (rolling boil for 1 minute) their drinking water prior to consumption in order to eliminate any disease causing microorganisms that are suspected or confirmed to be in the water supply. Examples could include: Total Coliforms, E. coli, Turbidity Events, Flooding or Treatment Failure.

Water Quality Advisory (WQA):

Used to advise the public that there is some level of risk associated with consuming the drinking water supply, however a boil water notice is not needed at this time. The risk could be elevated for some individuals of the general population with weakened immune systems or existing medical conditions. Examples could include: Turbidity, Sodium Content.

Do Not Consume (DNC):

Used to advise public that there is a significant public health threat to consuming the water supply that cannot be removed by boiling the water. The water supply is safe to use for general household sanitation or irrigation. Examples could include: Chemical contamination.

Do Not Use (DNU):

Used to advise the public that there could be a significant public health threat to using the water supply for any purposes at all. The water supply cannot be made safe by boiling it and the water is not safe for any use including general household sanitation or irrigation. Examples could include: Chemical contamination or large environmental spill that could cause a health hazard.

For more information about what to do during a boil water notice, visit

https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/drinking-water/what-do-during-boil-water-notice

Facility Name

Location

Start Date

Port Alberni
01/15/2016
Cortes Island
09/13/2021
Strathcona Regional District
06/09/2017
Discovery Islands-Mainland Inlets
07/07/2020
Duncan (City)
04/08/2022
Campbell River
06/07/2010
Salt Spring Island
07/12/2021
Port Alberni
08/16/2021
Puntledge-BlackCreek
11/03/2017
RDMW Electoral Area A
07/10/2018
Cassidy
07/12/2019
Duncan
04/18/2019
Salt Spring Island
01/07/2021
Parksville
09/09/2022
Salt Spring Island
09/23/2022
Qualicum Beach (Town)
07/05/2019
Duncan
11/01/2017
Campbell River
02/15/2008
Port Alberni
02/11/2022
Sayward
07/17/2018
Cortes Island
08/04/2011
Quadra Island
11/09/2015
Sooke
06/16/2022
Cortes Island
08/10/2015
Saturna Island
10/09/2021
Qualicum Beach
07/24/2020
Malahat
01/21/2022
Port Alberni
09/12/2022
Port Alberni
08/15/2022
Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake
03/24/2021
Lake Cowichan
09/29/2020
Lasqueti Island
04/21/1994
Discovery Islands-Mainland Inlets
07/26/2018
Qualicum Beach
09/19/2019
Quadra Island
09/25/2019
Shawnigan Lake
08/30/2018
Mayne Island
03/01/2022
Baynes Sound-Denman/Hornby Islands
01/21/2005
Port Alberni
10/26/2000
Mayne Island
11/04/2021
Port Alberni
08/10/2021
Duncan
09/25/2020
Nanaimo
10/20/2021
Nanaimo
08/11/2022
Qualicum Beach
09/20/2021
Qualicum Beach
09/06/2019