City of Nelson issues Boil Water Notice, effective immediately
City of Nelson issues Boil Water Notice, effective immediately.
Effective immediately, staff has issued a Boil Water Notice for City of Nelson residents due to the presence of coliform bacteria.
The notice was issued in a media release Thursday.
“Laboratory tests indicated the presence of one colony-forming unit of fecal coliform bacteria in one of the water samples collected on May 2, 2017,” the release said.
“The other four samples tested negative for coliforms.” The City said it is currently re-sampling due to the suspect of a sampling error.
“Fecal coliform bacteria in drinking water supplies is a serious concern, and we are issuing an advisory as a precaution,” the release said.
“We will be flushing and re-sampling our water distribution system to ensure the drinking water is safe.” Fecal coliforms can indicate the presence of organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms.
Residents are advised to boil water for at least one minute and let cool before using, or use bottled water.
The City advises residents to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice cubes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.
For more information contact City of Nelson Public Works Department at 250-352-8238 or Interior Heath, Nelson Unit at 250-505-7200 or Chris Gainham at City of Nelson at 250-551-8103.