Monday, January 5, 2015
Continuing Water Issues
We are now into our fourth week of a water boil advisory which started December 11th after our huge rainstorm event that caused flooding and a State of Emergency in early December(see this article for explanation as to why). This is how we deal with it. Every other day or so we boil a big pot of water, funnel it into these 2 litre(*British spelling - of which Canadians use) empty pop bottles and keep it on the counter to remind us that we need to be drinking this. The hardest part is that we normally drink filtered water and ice through our fridge - it just tastes better. The boiling takes care of any bacteria.
There is nothing we or our towns of Comox or Courtenay can do but continue on boiling and hope the lake will settle. In October due to another storm event we had a boil water advisory that lasted about a week - where we came up with this system after buying one flat of water thinking it would be over in a day or two.
We have lived here 2.5 years and before this fall - this simply was not an issue. Any town's water supply can be jeopardized - fortunately, all we have to do is boil the water and it is safe to use and drink. When all this is over I am keeping at least 6 two litre bottles of water on hand at any time in case of catastrophe - this is in addition to the emergency distilled 12 litres I already have in a cupboard.
Do you have any emergency plans in place if your water source was jeopardized?