Water Quality Advisory for Britannia Beach Water System

Jan 20, 2020
Affected Communities: 
Electoral Area D

January 20, 2020 UPDATE: The Water Quality Advisory for the Britannia Beach Water System remains in effect. 

Updates will be posted on the SLRD website and Facebook as they become available.

For more information, please contact:

Ed Witwicki
SLRD Senior EngineeringTechnologist
604-894-6371 ext 227

Please note that the risk associated with this advisory is low. For more information, please read the initial post below.

Water Quality Advisory for Britannia Beach Water System

The Squamish Lillooet Regional District, in conjunction with Vancouver Coastal Health, issued a Water Quality Advisory on January 2, 2019.

Why is a Water Quality Advisory being issued?

Due to a recent equipment malfunction at the Britannia Beach treatment plant, starting on Thursday January 2nd, water entering the reservoir is not being treated by ultraviolet disinfection. The water quality is closely monitored on an ongoing basis by the SLRD and the chlorination system is fully operational, therefore the risk is low. However, some customers are being advised to take extra precautions until full operation of the UV system has been restored. 

What does a Water Quality Advisory mean?

A Water Quality Advisory means the risk is low, and only some customers are advised take extra precautions when ingesting the water.

Who should take extra precautions?

Individuals with very weak immune systems are advised to take extra precautions.

What should these customers do?

For these customers, water intended for the following uses should be brought to a full boil:

  • drinking
  • washing fruits and vegetables
  • making beverages or ice
  • brushing teeth

Alternatively, water may be obtained from another source which has been fully treated (e.g. commercially bottled water).

For more information:

Updates will be posted to our website at: https://www.slrd.bc.ca/ 

If you have any questions, please contact Ed Witwicki at 604-894-6371 ext 227

More information is also available here: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/preventing-water-borne-infection

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