An advisory allows the RDOS to update all residents on the current status of a water system. An advisory for bacteriological quality typically targets children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection. The Interior Heath Authority recommends for those in these groups to use a safe alternate source of water, or to boil water for all drinking, oral hygiene and food preparation/cooking purposes. Water should be brought to full boil and allowed to boil for at least one minute.
The RDOS would also like to remind all business owners/operators (bed and breakfasts) and public facilities operators that it is the responsibility of said establishments to notify their customers of the advisory.
The RDOS will be working with the IHA on developing a plan to try to determine the source of these total coliform counts within the water system.