Sunday, July 28, 2013

more on boil order and water

Under a boil-water advisory (BWA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that water be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it is consumed in order to kill protozoa, bacteria and viruses. At altitudes above 2,000 meters, boiling should be extended to 3 minutes, as the lower temperature of the boiling point at high altitudes requires more time to kill such organisms.

BWAs are typically issued when monitoring of water being served to consumers detects E. coli or other microbiological indicators of sewage contamination. Another reason for a BWA is a failure of distribution system integrity evidenced by a loss of system pressure. While loss of pressure does not necessarily mean the water has been contaminated, it does mean that pathogens may be able to enter the piped-water system and thus be carried to consumers.

Some countries, like Canada, have publicly available maps showing the locations of boil water advisories

Fort St. John (3)

Boil Water Advisory

Spectra Energy - Sikanni Gas Plant - Water quality advisory - Coliforms present in samples - 5/2/2011

Buckinghorse River Provincial Park - Groundwater possibly under the direct influence of surface water. - 7/1/2009

Spectra Energy - Peggo Gas Plant - No reason given - 7/4/08

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