Water Advisory Report
WATER ADVISORY YEAR END REVIEW 2017:
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BRITISH COLUMBIA, SECOND MOST WATER ADVISORIES IN THE COUNTRY
By Cori Marshall
In 2017 Water Today reported on numerous water issues in British Columbia (BC). There were the two food service companies under BWA in Duncan, E. Coli at 108 Mile Ranch, high nitrate levels in a BC elementary school, and the 30 small water systems on a permanent boil order.
In 2016 BC had a total of 177 reported water advisories, which was the 5th highest total in Canada. This year numbers are up 33.5%, for a total of 266 which is second only to Saskatchewan's 652 advisories.
Totals ranged between 10 and 28, except for May when numbers spiked for a total of 46. Last year the range was between 5 and 28, and numbers peaked at that high mark.
BC appears to have a reasonably uniform distribution of water advisories throughout the year, dropping off slightly in the colder months.
The province averaged 22.1 advisories per month in 2017, compared with the 14.7 per month last year.
Nine months in 2017 had totals higher than those seen in 2016, and May's totals are almost 70% higher than that of last year.
This concludes our look at nine Canadian provinces and the 1,929 water advisories that were reported in 2017. In 2018 we will continue our work to gather, compile, and report information regarding water issues in Canada to help keep people informed and communities safe.