Annable residents remain under a Boil Water Notice following a line break over the weekend.
The advisory is a precautionary measure but will stay in place until water samples are cleared once the utility is repaired, likely later this week.
The safety measure was issued following a phone call to the village Saturday afternoon, explained Warfield Corporate Officer Jackie Patridge.
“We received a report from a resident at 1:30 p.m. … that he had been travelling on Lower Montcalm Road when he noticed that a portion of the bank had sloughed away and he heard a gurgling noise,” she told the Trail Times.
“We have a public works employee on call at all times,” Patridge said. “I phoned him, he went out to have a look and reported the break in the water line … the works crew turned off the water that feeds that one line.”
Homes located directly below the break in Skunk Hollow were immediately checked on, Patridge says their water service did not appear to be disrupted.
“After consulting with Interior Health and the Regional Emergency Co-coordinator the village council decided to issue a boil water advisory,” she added. “Interior Health guidelines state that we need to test water samples after the repairs are completed, before we can lift the water advisory. These repairs have begun and will probably continue all week.”
The Village will inform residents when the advisory is lifted.
Coun. Shane Ferraro reminds the community that while work is underway, access to the back road (Lower Montcalm) is off limits.
“Right now our main concern is to get the water line hooked up again,” he said. “That road is closed off, there is no public access to that road.”
Ferraro asks residents to keep boiling water until such time the advisory is lifted.
“We don’t want anyone getting sick, there could be some sediment (in the system).”
Warfield council and volunteers quickly sprung into action following the incident, many were out knocking on doors, alerting residents not to use water without boiling it first.
“I couldn’t believe the volunteer firemen, they were right there to help us,” added Ferraro.
“They were a huge help along with Interior Health and Deputy Chief Dan Derby. It was Saturday afternoon and they all came out to help, so I am giving them a big thank you on behalf of council.”
B.C.’s regional health authorities administer the Drinking Water Protection Act and provide surveillance and monitoring of drinking water systems.
They are also responsible for issuing notifications about drinking water quality.