Officials have lifted a boil water notice for the Comox Valley water system that was put in place last week.
According to the Comox Valley Regional District and Island Health, the water quality is now safely within provincial drinking water guidelines.
The notice was issued on Nov. 19 after heavy rain led to high turbidity levels in the Comox Lake Reservoir. The water in the Comox Valley water system originates in Comox Lake and is taken from the Puntledge River. Approximately 45,000 residents in the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent and England Road water local service areas were affected.
The rain also caused localized flooding on roads and highways. There was also a washout on Highway 19A.
The regional district recommends that Comox Valley water system users run all cold water faucets and drinking fountains for one minute before drinking the water after a boil water notice is lifted.