Prince Rupert was issued a boil water notice on Dec. 14. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

In Our Opinion: All we want for Christmas is some clean water

Comment on the boil water notice in Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert has a lot of water but right now that’s one resource residents aren’t taking for granted.

Last Friday, a teeny, tiny little parasite found in poop infiltrated city water and now none of us can drink it, or wash our dishes with it, or let our pets drink it. Exposure to giardia and cryptosporidium can lead to side effects of ‘beaver fever’ – gas, bloating, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and all that kind of joy.

Merry Christmas Prince Rupert, you are now paying for one of the best summers to date. It’s the yin and the yang. We had sun, minimal days of rain, and then all at once the water returned with a vengeance. Now that stormy weather has turned up something awful — aka poop — from somewhere near the lake where we get our water from. The City of Prince Rupert is saying it’s okay to wash your clothes in it, but we’ll pass. The boil water notice is only supposed to last about a week anyway.

But a week can feel like a long time.

In Prince Rupert, December is the ultimate pot luck season. Holiday parties fill every weekend. Co-workers, friends, family and pets tend to mingle in an effort to keep the lack-of-sun blues away. Now, we have to hope and pray that our guests are washing their veggies and plates with boiled water, or washing their hands with boiled, then cooled, water. It’s such an inconvenience.

READ MORE: Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

For some of us, we can skip that whole boiling recommendation and stock up on bottled water. Single-use plastic and pollution, who cares. Let’s buy that stuff up by the caseload. Seeing the empty shelves at the grocery stores over the weekend made it seem like we were entering the apocalypse. Maybe some of those shoppers are on to something. This nasty water could last longer than a week. Better grab that clean bottled water just in case.

But then there’s those residents who tried the boiling water approach, took one look at the yellowish water and couldn’t shake the icky feeling when they took a sip. Shawatlan Lake doesn’t have the clearest of water — we’ve written about it before. Yet, we still have to drink from it for the foreseeable future while the city works on the Woodworth Lake Dam replacement project, expected to cost 2.5 times higher than the city expected.

Let this be a lesson to all of us here in Prince Rupert. For this week, let’s consider that Dodge Cove has been under a boil-water notice since 1988, and more than 100 First Nations communities across Canada that don’t have access clean water. We can at least hope for clean water by Christmas.

RELATED: City inks $6.9M water contract



newsroom@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Grant Lawrence brings stories and songs to Rupert

Luke Wallace, Rachelle van Zanten will support April 13 event as musical guests

Taylor Northcott will help build Arizona State hockey

Prince Rupert hockey star was a Seawolf before moving south for sports school

Northwest mobile unit to help those at heart of mental health, addiction crisis

Province, Northern Health unveils new unit in Terrace to bridge gaps in services

Dundas Island clams could be poisonous: health authorities

Butter clams harvested in November 2018 could cause paralytic shellfish poisoning

Uncertain future for Alaska ferry terminal in Prince Rupert

Severe budget cuts could mean ending service to the only Canadian stop on the Alaska Marine Highway

Rumors to hit the Lester Centre stage this Thursday

Prince Rupert community cast and crew present Neil Simon’s two-act comedy from March 21-23

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Most Read