UPDATE: On Friday, the Comox Valley Regional Distrist (CVRD) and Island Health lifted the boil water notice. Approximately 25 samples throughout the Comox Valley have been tested and all samples were clear of the E. coli bacteria, including samples taken directly from the reservoir.
Forty-five thousand residents of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) were put under a boil water notice Wednesday after a positive E. coli sample was found in the Comox Reservoir.
CVRD issued the notice along with Island Health. If E. coli is found anywhere within the water distribution system, Island Health requires a boil water notice to be issued.
All residents are being told to boil their drinking water for one minute at a rolling boil.
The areas that were affected by the advisory are:
- The City of Courtenay
- The Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley
- Greaves Crescent
- England Road water local service areas
The boil water notice did not affect residents in the Village of Cumberland, Royston, Sandwick water system users or residents connected to the Black Creek-Oyster Bay water supply.
There are six water storage reservoirs in the Comox Valley water system. The outlet sample at the Comox Reservoir was found positive for one count of E. coli.