The Capital Regional District is alerting residents of a neighbourhood near Sooke to boil their drinking water.
In a notice posted Saturday, the CRD said a boil water advisory had been issued for the Wilderness Mountain Water System in East Sooke, which serves about 73 homes.
The advisory is in place because there are concerns about high turbidity water coming from the water system’s main water source, the Wilfred Reservoir.
“As a precaution, the boil water advisory will be in effect until flushing and water samples indicate the water quality no longer poses a risk to public health,” said the CRD.
Residents who are affected by the boil water advisory are asked to boil their household tap water vigorously for one minute before drinking.
Boiling water for a minute is highly effective at destroying any pathogenic microbes that may be in the water, such as Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Hepatitis A and Norovirus, according to Island Health.
More details about boil water advisories can be found on the CRD website.
“The boil water advisory will be removed when Island Health is satisfied that the drinking water does not pose a health concern and issues an ‘ALL CLEAR’ notice at which time the impacted customers will be notified,” reads the CRD’s notice.
A map of the Wilderness Mountain Water System can be found below.