Boil water advisory lifted

The Comox Valley Regional District and Island Health have lifted the boil water advisory, effective immediately.

  • Nov. 5, 2014 8:00 p.m.

The Comox Valley Regional District and Island Health have lifted the boil water advisory, effective immediately.

Following daily testing and regular monitoring of the system since the advisory was put in place on Oct. 27, the two parties are confident the water quality of the system is now safely within drinking water guidelines.

This summer, river inflows to Comox Lake were extremely low, resulting in low water levels in the lake and streams. Recent heavy rainfalls caused the inflows to increase abruptly, scouring river beds that had been dry all summer, and washing silt and debris into the lake, causing the lake to become highly turbid. Over the last week, the lake has been flushing itself with clean water and turbidity levels have gradually decreased. Water quality is now back to acceptable levels.

The water that supplies the Comox Valley water system originates in Comox Lake and is taken from the Puntledge River and delivered to approximately 41,000 residents. Areas affected by the advisory were Courtenay, Comox and the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent and England Road water local service areas.

Island Health guidelines recommends the following after a boil water advisory has been lifted:

  Flush all water-using fixtures for one minute.

  Run cold-water faucets and drinking fountains for one minute before using water.

  Drain and flush all ice-making machines in your refrigerator.

  Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.

  Drain and refill hot water tanks set below 45 C (normal setting is 60 C).

  Change any pre-treatment filters (under sink style and refrigerator water filters, carbon block, 
activated carbon, sediment filters, etc.)

For up-to-date information and resources on the boil water advisory, visit

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

Just Posted

Classes in Comox Valley to look a little different in June

School district senior staff has been busy prepping for re-opening

Rotarians clean up the beach at Goose Spit in Comox

Newest Rotary club in area hopes to make it an annual event

Cumberland signs on for region’s compost program

The Village has been involved with a pilot compost program since 2012

Cumberland council supports cannabis delivery changes

Letters to Village point to need for online order, direct delivery during pandemic

Comox Valley RCMP impound six vehicles in six days in May

All drivers were found to be going at least 47 km/h over the speed limit

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world of summer sports

In a typical year, there are plenty of summer sporting events and tournaments held across Canada

Comox Valley business map offers information on local eateries, grocery stores and more

Search and click for hours and services offered during the COVID-19 pandemic

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Man dies in ATV accident south of Nanaimo

Incident happened on backroad Friday night in Nanaimo Lakes area

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Surrey mayor’s party under fire for ‘sickening’ tweet accusing northern B.C. RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Most Read