The boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.

The boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.

Boil water advisory continues for Alert Bay

Coliform levels could indicate the presence of a pathogen

A week-old boil-water advisory continues for the North Island village of Alert Bay.

The Cormorant Island community has been under a boil water advisory since Oct. 21 due to higher than acceptable coliform levels in some test sites.

An update from the the municipality this morning indicates it has been instructed by Island Health to disinfect the water, which should happen this afternoon.

Coliform itself is not dangerous to humans, but can indicate that a pathogen is present. Alert Bay staff are testing the water regularly — two have been driven to Courtenay for faster lab results.

When two consecutive tests come back clear, the advisory will be lifted. Until then, residents of the village are advised to boil water for at least one minute.

The ‘Namgis First Nation reserve is not under a boil water advisory, as it runs on a separate system.

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