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Posted on: September 22, 2022

UPDATE: Boil Water Notice rescinded for Cedar Heights Water System

A graphic with boiling water in a pot to illustrate Cedar Heights Boil Water Notice Rescinded

Update: September 22, 2022

Users of the Cedar Heights Water System are advised that a Boil Water Notice placed on the system on September 14, 2022 has now been rescinded

Water from the Cedar Heights system is safe to consume directly from the tap.

Water samples from the system confirm bacteria levels in the water are within acceptable levels and water form the Cedar Heights system is safe to drink. As such, Interior Health has lifted the Boil Water Notice.

The CSRD thanks water system users for their patience and understanding.


Original Post: September 14, 2022

Users of the Cedar Heights Water System are advised that a Boil Water Notice has been placed on the system effective September 14, 2022. 

The notice has been issued in consultation with Interior Health due to higher than acceptable levels of bacteria in recent water samples.

Bacteria levels can be increased in surface water sources due to seasonal weather changes causing excessive surface runoff, flooding or lake turnover. 

As a result, a Boil Water Notice has been issued for users of the Cedar Heights Water System until further notice. The system is located in Blind Bay in Electoral Area C (South Shuswap)

A map of the Cedar Heights Boil Water Notice Area

The CSRD and Interior Health advise that until further notice, all users of the water system are warned to:

  • boil their water at a rapid boil for at least one minute; or
  • add two (2) drops of fresh household bleach per litre of water; or
  • Use an approved alternative source of potable water (bottled water).

These directions apply to all water used for drinking, food preparation (including ice and produce) and dental hygiene.

In order to remove the Boil Water Notice, the water system must have two water samples, taken a few days apart, both showing safe levels. CSRD will re-sample tomorrow (Thursday) and into next week to determine when the Boil Water Notice can be lifted. 

The CSRD will inform users once the Boil Water Notice has been removed.

For more information, contact the CSRD Utilities Department at 1-888-248-2773 or Interior Health at 250-851-7340.

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