A boil water advisory is still in place for some residents on Saturna Island nearly two months after it was issued.
The CRD in consultation with Island Health says those on the Lyall Harbour/Boot Cove Water System should continue to boil their drinking water until further notice.
The decision was made due to an increase in raw water turbidity levels in the Money Lake Reservoir that was first reported on Oct. 16.
Water for the community also comes from a groundwater spring, but relied on Money Lake following dry and warm weather. November rains replenished the spring but the CRD says a water treatment plant operation is still being optimized to reduce the treated water turbidity below a limit required for potable water.
The public is urged to boil all tap water used for drinking, preparing food, beverages, ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, or brushing teeth. Bottled water can also be used.
Adults, teens and older children can wash, bathe, or shower but should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and infants should be sponge bathed.
The advisory will be removed when Island Health is satisfied that the drinking water no longer poses a health concern.