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High turbidity levels in Prince Rupert’s drinking water supply leads to water quality advisory

Advisory aimed at those most at risk

February 11, 2022  By Ground Water Canada

Prince Rupert, B.C. – The city has issued a water quality advisory for the area as a result of high turbidity levels in its drinking water supply following recent heavy rains.

Health officials are suggesting children, pregnant women, elderly persons and those with compromised immune systems boil their water before consumption. The advisory is considered a precautionary measure aimed at those most at risk. It is the lowest level recommendation that doesn’t warrant a boil-water or do-not-consume order.

The turbidity levels are expected to decrease once the city can return to its primary water supply at Woodworth Lake. Prince Rupert has been relying on its secondary source at Shawatlans Lake, which is believed to be another factor leading to the water quality advisory.


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