WHITE ROCK, BC, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - As a public health precaution, EPCOR and the Fraser Health Authority are advising residents in the City of White Rock to boil their drinking water for at least one minute before drinking. A low level of coliform bacteria was detected at a water sampling point in a local neighbourhood. Further sampling and testing is currently being conducted in the system water pipes and some neighbourhood homes. This precautionary measure should be followed until further notice.
Residents are advised to bring their water to a rapid, rolling boil for at least one minute prior to using it for domestic purposes, including drinking, making infant formula and juices, cooking, brushing teeth, washing raw foods and making ice. Alternatively, residents may use bottled water.
EPCOR is currently flushing and cleaning the distribution system to ensure water quality. Regular updates will be available as further testing is done and until the boil water advisory is canceled. This precautionary boil water notice is expected to be in effect for one week and may be ended sooner.
The boil water notice applies to the municipal water supply for the City of White Rock and, with a limited number of exceptions, does not affect residences in South Surrey.
Members of the public who have general questions are advised to call EPCOR at 604-536-6112 or visit our website www.epcor.ca/whiterock.
Health information about illnesses related to contaminated water is available on the HealthLinkBC's website at: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/mini/hw133795.html.
Individuals concerned about their personal health can speak with a HealthLinkBC nurse by calling 8-1-1, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.
SOURCE EPCOR Utilities Inc.
For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Fraser Health, Media pager, 604-450-7881; Media Contact: Dave Rector, EPCOR, White Rock, 604-536-6112