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Drinking Water Advisories

As of March 31, 2017, there were 18 Boil Water Advisories and 4 Do Not Consume advisories for a total of 22 Drinking Water Advisories in effect in 16 First Nation communities in British Columbia. ​This includes water systems with 5 or more connections and smaller water systems that have public facilities.

The information below shows DWAs that were in effect on the specified date and is not intended to be used for public health messaging. Please contact your Chief and Council and E​H​​​O​​ for the most current information on DWAs in your community.

Boil Water Advisories (BWA)​

Issued as a preventative measure to protect public health when the water in a community's water system is known or suspected  to have disease-causing bacteria, viruses or parasites that can cause waterborne illness or when water quality is questionable and boiling will remove the contaminant from the water. 
First NationCommunityWater System Nam​​eDate Set 
Date Revoked  
PopulationINAC Supported*
ADAMS LAKESahhaltkumDoug Arnouse CWS [5 houses]2009-04-230-50No
ALEXIS CREEKAlexis CreekMichel Gardens CWS1999-04-010-50No
BONAPARTEMorgan Upper Hat CreekMorgan/Upper Hat Creek CWS2006-02-090-50No
BRIDGE RIVERBridge RiverBridge River Main CWS2017-03-0951-100Yes
CAYOOSE CREEKCayoose Creek IR1Cayoose Creek IR1 CWS2017-03-15101-200Yes
CAYOOSE CREEKCayoose Creek IR2Cayoose IR2 CWS2017-03-150-50Yes
COWICHANCowichan CommunitiesDougans Lake CWS2011-06-290-50No
KANAKA BARKanaka BarNekliptum CWS2017-02-242017-03-0251-100Yes
LOWER SIMILKAMEENIR 6 - Blind CreekBlind Creek CWS2016-05-070-50Yes
LYTTONPapyum CWS (9 homes)IR #27 Papyum (Spink's Flat) CWS2015-09-180-50Yes
SEMIAHMOOSemiahmooSemiahmoo CWS2005-10-130-50Yes
SETON LAKENkiatN'Kiat CWS2015-09-210-50No
T'IT'Q'ETSeton Lake CabinsSeton Lake Cabins CWS2007-07-240-50Yes
TL'AZT'EN NATIONDzitl'aini (Middle River)Dzitl'ainli (Middle River) CWS2005-01-070-50Yes
TOOSEYTooseyToosey CWS2004-11-25101-200Yes
UCLUELET FIRST NATIONWya Point ResortWya Point Lodges TPWS-NT2014-05-200-50No
UCLUELET FIRST NATIONWya Point ResortWya Point Yurts TPWS-NT2014-05-200-50No
XENI GWET'IN F.NATIONS GOVTXeni Gwet'inCarrot Creek/James Lulua CWS (7)2001-10-180-50Yes
XENI GWET'IN F.NATIONS GOVTXeni Gwet'inLohbiee CWS2001-05-01201-500Yes

​Do Not Consume (DNC) Advisories​

Issued when the water in a community's water system contains a contaminant, such as a chemical, that cannot be removed from the water by boiling. The water should not be used for drinking; brushing their teeth; cooking; washing fruits and vegetables; making infant formula or other drinks, soups or ice cubes; for bathing infants and toddlers or feeding pets but may continue to be used for domestic purposes such as showering and bathing.​ ​

First Nation​CommunityWater System Name​Date Set 
Date Revoked 
PopulationINAC Supported*
LYTTONG'WSEP Gas Station (PWS-NT)IR #24 Tuckozap PWS-NT2013-02-200-50No
SISKASiska Flat #5Siska Flat 5 and 5A CWS2012-05-230-50Yes
STELLAT'EN FIRST NATIONStellaquoStellaquo CWS2012-03-13101-200Yes
WET'SUWET'EN FIRST NATIONPalling IR #1Palling CWS2012-03-1351-100Yes

*INAC Supported: System is financially supported Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada.

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