Residents in the Village of Anmore will have to boil their water for at least the foreseeable future after an advisory was issued Tuesday.
The village issued the boilwater advisory after elevated levels of coliform were detected in recent water sampling. Though no e coli bacteria were found in the water system, the advisory was issued as a precaution.
By Tuesday night, village officials had hand delivered notices to every resident alerting them of the advisory. Anmore Mayor Heather Anderson said the tests were a surprise, but noted she drank the water all weekend and has not been ill.
The village began flushing out its distribution system and won't have the advisory lifted until the coliform levels return to normal. Fraser Health will give the final green light to lift the advisory.
Anderson said she isn't sure how long the advisory will be in place, or what caused the high coliform levels in the first place. Anmore belongs to Metro Vancouver's water system through Port Moody at a connection near the border of both communities. The village tests its water at four locations four times a month.
Anderson, who couldn't remember the village ever having a problem with its water before, noted the test in question was conducted in an area close to the Buntzen Lake entrance.
The advisory comes just a couple of months before Anmore opens a new chlorine booster station. The municipality has spent $400,000 for the booster station, located at Dogwood and Hummingbird drives, because the chlorine has had trouble getting through the system.
"It's just so unfortunate this happened within two months of the station being completed," Anderson said, adding with the new booster station, a similar event shouldn't happen again.
For now, residents are being advised to use only boiled or bottled water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing ready to eat foods, washing dishes or making infant formula.
Residents are also being told to avoid bathing young children in a bathtub and to use a handheld shower where possible.
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