Add the Town of Lake Cowichan to the list of Island communities forced to issue boil water advisories as a result of the recent rain.

Island Health has directed the Town to issue the advisory effective immediately, and keep it in place until further notice.

The notice goes on to say, “The Town of Lake Cowichan’s source water is an unprotected body of water and at this time there is not a Watershed Protection Plan. Because a specific source of the turbidity cannot be specified, we are unable to determine whether the make-up is organic or inorganic material. At this time, we cannot be sure that harmful pathogens are not present at levels that exceed the capacity of the chlorination to properly treat the water. Due to these reasons, Island Health is considering this an elevated risk event which requires the issuance of a Boil Water Notice.”

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