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UPDATE: City lifts boil water advisory

Prince Rupert remains under a boil water advisory Tuesday (July 9) evening.
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A boil water advisory remains in effect for the city of Prince Rupert Tuesday (July 9) evening.

The City of Prince Rupert has lifted its boil water advisory initially issued Tuesday afternoon. The advisory was issued due to an equipment communication issue that was quickly resolved. However, the city had to wait for the all-clear from Northern Health, which was given at approximately 3:40 p.m. today (July 11).

ORIGINAL STORY:

Prince Rupert remains under a boil water advisory Tuesday (July 9) evening. 

The boil water notice was issued earlier this afternoon, but confusion arose after an update stated, "The communication issue [equipment] associated with this Boil Water notice has been resolved."

Rosa Miller, the city's director of corporate services confirmed that the original advisory was issued when a communication problem with the equipment and the city could not tell if there was an issue with the water necessitating the notice.

While the communication problem has been resolved, the city cannot lift the notice until they have had two clear tests within 24 hours. Miller said they anticipate the notice will be lifted by tomorrow evening likely and certainly before the weekend.

"We are still required to maintain the boil water to ensure all chlorine levels are adequate etc. and as such, do advise that all residents continue to boil their water until we have been advised we can remove the boil water notice," she said in an email.

In the meantime residents and water system users are advised to heat the water to a rapid boil for at least two to three minutes then cool and place in a food grade storage container.

"This must be done in advance of consumption for brushing teeth, drinking and cooking, washing vegetables for consumption raw, and making ice," the advisory states. "Use of water for bathing and washing clothes is considered safe without boiling."

Owners of public facilities are required to post Boil Water Notices at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public or turn off public fountains and taps.

The city is also encouraging people to subscribe to its municipal app and Connect Rocket emergency alert program at princerupert.connectrocket.com.



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