Boil water advisory issued for Whiskey Creek area

The advisory affects more than 100 homes — check www.rdn.bc.ca for updates

More than 100 homes in Whiskey Creek are without clean drinking water.

The Regional District of Nanaimo issued a boil water notice for Whiskey Creek residents Monday. The notice was still in effect at press time Wednesday afternoon.

The notice affects 123 connections in the area, roughly half of the community’s population.

According to the RDN “all water used for domestic purposes (drinking, cooking etc.) should be boiled before consumption.”

The notice said the boiling should be at a rolling boil and for a minimum of two minutes.

RDN project engineer for water utility services Gerald St. Pierre explains “we (the RDN) have a surface water source out in Whiskey Creek and when it first starts to rain we get a lot of turbidity … to the point where it gets too high so we have to shut it down.”

St. Pierre said the water treatment plant is currently shut down and the RDN is trucking water to the reservoir.

“This happens periodically throughout the winter when it rains heavily,” he said. “It’s a system we are working on with Island Health to find solutions to.”

St. Pierre said those solutions may include a different treatment system or a different source.

RDN water services staff say they are “continually monitoring the water supply system and will provide updates as they become available.”

Watch for information updates at www.rdn.bc.ca (water services) for more information.

Just Posted

$3.5M all-season turf field planned for Qualicum Beach

Town seeks grant for community playing surface upgrades

Car theft suspect arrested in Coombs

Vehicle and two motorcyles recovered on Jan. 16

Qualicum Beach council big on support for multi-use cinema proposal

Society asks for 10,000 square feet, gets recommendation to consider with strategic plan

Lincoln stolen from Parksville dealership found near Duncan

Vehicle was located three days later with minor damage

Ballenas student experiment going into space

Science experiment designed by five SD69 students will travel to International Space Station

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

FOCUS: Canada’s revamped impaired driving law brews ‘potential for injustice’

There must be ‘trigger’ for cops to come knocking, Surrey MP says

Barack Obama to speak at Vancouver event

Former U.S. president will speak with board of trade in March

Former welfare clients still owed money, B.C. Ombudsperson says

Investigation found 2,600 people docked illegally for earning income

Prince George could get province’s second BC Cannabis Store

The first brick-and-mortar government retail location opened in Kamloops on Oct. 17

B.C. chowdery caught up in ‘rat-in-soup’ scandal to close

Crab Park Chowdery will be shutting down Jan. 20

Teen vaping is an epidemic: US government

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, outpacing cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana

Vancouver councillors unanimously approve motion declaring climate emergency

Vancouver joins cities like Los Angeles and London

Caribou herd disappears from Kootenays after last cow relocated

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Most Read