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Boil Water Advisory for Comox Valley

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Uploaded on Sep 10, 2010

Test sample proves positive for e-coli.
COMOX VALLEY -- Health officials in the Comox Valley are closely monitoring the community's drinking water supply after a standard test revealed traces of e-coli. The test was conducted by Comox Valley Regional District Staff who were then notified by the Centre for Disease Control that the sample was positive.
Officials test the weekly in six different locations but only one, taken at the West Courtenay Reservoir reflected a problem. An advisory was immediately put into effect with the community being advised to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute and then allowing it to cool before drinking it. The advisory also warns against using tap water for brushing teeth, making ice cubes or washing food products.
Dwayne Stroh, Supervisor of Health Protection and Environmental Services for the Vancouver Island Health Unit, said e-coli is an "indicator organism" found in the guts of warm blooded animals. Officials believe there's a possibility some sort of mammal came into contact with the water near the sample site.
Regional District employees will perform daily tests on the water sample over the weekend. Three days of clear readings are required before the advisory can be lifted.

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