As of 6 p.m. on June, 25, the Village of McBride is on a Boil Water Advisory. “We are experiencing what is being considered a 20 to 40 year high flood cycle, we have high water running all over the district, sometimes in the most unlikely spots,” said Mike Frazier Mayor of McBride, B.C. “This year has been very unpredictable, so please take care near drainages.”
Mayor Frazier was quick to quell rumors the advisory had anything to do with water from the Fraser River leaking into the lagoon. “There is an increase in turbidity in our system because of the recent flood waters,” explained Mayor Frazier.
Residents of McBride are advised to boil all water for consumption as a precaution.
“We have contacted Public Health and we are complying with regulations. As the high water recedes things will return to normal soon.”
Rick Thompson, Councillor for the Village of McBride, advises the following:
WHAT TO DO DURING A BOIL WATER NOTICE
How to boil tap water
Tap water should be boiled for one minute. Use any clean pot or kettle. Kettles that have automatic shut offs are acceptable.
After boiling, let the water cool by leaving it on the counter or in the refrigerator in covered containers. After water is boiled it can be stored in food grade containers at room temperature or in refrigerator.
You can bring back flavor by shaking water in a container, pouring the water between two containers, and / or adding a pinch of salt.
Boiled water is required for:
This includes all beverage concentrates such as fruit juice and iced where water is added.
This includes washing fruits and vegetables that will not be cooked. Water used as an ingredient does not need to be boiled prior to use, providing it will be brought to a boil during the cooking process.
Coffee machines usually produce water heated to about 70 to 80 degrees Celsius, which is sufficient to destroy pathogens. This temperature must be maintained for a sufficient amount of time to ensure that all harmful organisms are destroyed. Therefore, let the coffee stand for at least five minutes before drinking.
This includes daily oral hygiene such as cleaning dentures.
Formulas should always be prepared by using boiled tap water or bottled water that is boiled.
It is important to note that freezing does not destroy most pathogens. Bacteria and viruses can survive in frozen products for long period of time. Discard any ice made from contaminated or potentially contaminated water.
Fruit and vegetable washing
Boiled water should be used to wash all produce that is to be eaten raw.
If you have any questions concerning this advisory, please contact the Village of McBride at (250) 569-2229.