The boil advisory in the Village of Anmore is moving into its fourth week with no end in sight.
On Thursday, officials with the village issued a release reminding residents the boil advisory was still in affect.
Despite efforts to flush the water lines in recent weeks, the village said it would take time to fully clean the system.
The release said the village could not commit to when the advisory will be lifted, adding it could still be in place for a few more weeks.
The statement went on to suggest the water samplings have “shown great improvement,” but the results of the most recent water tests were not provided.
The village issued the boil-water advisory on Sept. 10 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.
On Sept. 26, a medical health officer for Fraser Health told the Tri-Cities NOW there were no reported cases of human illness linked to consumption of the water supply.
Fraser Health officials also confirmed some of the early coliform counts were in the 400 to 500 parts per 100 millilitres of tested water.
The acceptable number in B.C. is no more than 10 total coliforms per sample.
Three negative tests for coliform are needed before the advisory can be lifted.
The advisory has sparked concern and outrage from Anmore residents, many of whom have suggested the village didn’t do enough to avoid the problem in the first place and haven’t responded quickly enough.
However, Mayor Heather Anderson has defended the village’s response.
“I want Anmore residents to know council and staff acknowledge those concern raised and we’re taking these concerns seriously,” she said in a statement.
“I am confident Anmore village staff are taking appropriate measures to address this situation.”
The advisory came 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.
In the meantime, a temporary chlorine booster station has been installed to help clean the water lines.
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