BOIL WATER NOTICE - E. Coli Presence May 24, 2017

The City of  Nelson

BOIL WATER NOTICE

[E. Coli Presence]

May 24, 2017

Laboratory tests conducted in the evening of May 24, 2017 on samples collected on this day indicated the presence of two (2) colony forming units of E. Coli bacteria.  The other four (4) samples tested negative for E. Coli.  This Boil Water Notice supersedes and replaces the current Water Quality Advisory issued on May 6, 2017, due to high turbidity levels. The presence of coliform bacteria, including E. Coli, in drinking water supplies is a serious concern, and we are issuing this notice as a precaution.  We will be implementing flushing and re-sampling our water distribution system to ensure the drinking water is safe.  

E. Coli can indicate the presence of organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting or other symptoms.  Boiling the water kills these organisms. People with weakened or undeveloped immune systems are most at risk. This can include elderly people, pregnant women and their unborn, children under 2 years, people who are immunocompromised from illness or medications such as antibiotics or chemotherapy.

People are advised to bring all drinking water to a rolling boil for at least one minute and let it cool before using it, or use bottled water.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.  We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water.  The City of Nelson is working closely with the Interior Health Authority on a resolution to this issue.

THIS BOIL WATER NOTICE IS EFFECTIVE MAY 24, 2017 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

ENQUIRIES?

Please call Chris Gainham, Manager of Municipal Services, City of Nelson at 250-551-8103

Interior Health, Nelson Health Unit –250-505-7200

City of Nelson – Works & Utilities Complex – 250-352-8238

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly [for example:  people in apartments, rental units, nursing homes, schools, preschools, churches and businesses].  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

If you own or operate Food Preparation Premises, Interior Health provides a guidance document that provides operational guidance during a Boil Water Notice.

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