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10th October 2016

(October 8, 2016, 1 p.m., North Cowichan, BC) -

In consultation with Island Health, the Municipality has decided to issue a boil water notification for users of the Chemainus water system. This boil water advisory is a precautionary measure in response to turbidity levels that could pose a risk to public health.

North Cowichan advises Chemainus water users to boil their water for at least one minute before using it for domestic purposes (e.g. drinking, cooking, brushing teeth). It is still safe to wash clothes and bathe in water without boiling it.

This boil water advisory is in place through the weekend. Signs are being posted around Chemainus to notify residents about this advisory. An update will be issued by ‪noon on Tuesday, October 11.

For tips and updates on the status of the boil water advisory:

See Island Health's list of current boil water notices AND a guide for what to do during a boil water advisory:
Call North Cowichan's Operations information line at ‪250.746.3106
Call Island Health at ‪250.737.2010
Monitor local radio, television, and newspapers
Watch for updates on Public Bulletin Boards and Community Mailboxes
We remind and urge North Cowichan residents to sign up for the newly upgraded eALERT service. This service will notify residents of local emergencies and critical incidents occurring in North Cowichan, including boil water advisories. Online registration is quick and easy at

North Cowichan thanks the community of Chemainus for its patience.

For More Information Contact:
Operations Department