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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A boil water notice (BWN) is still in place for Silva Bay Marina on the eastern tip of Gabriola Island in British Columbia.

The advisory has been in place since October 10 and is a result of firefighting activities used to put out a blaze at the restaurant on the property.

According to dock manager, Lisa Millard, the fire started in the early hours of October 5th, and destroyed the restaurant/ pub that was on the property.

It is still unknown what started the fire but she believes a wiring issue might have been to blame.

"The local person from the health authority had been down to do testing," Millard said, "It's just a standard boil water notice in the event that some backflow occurred because of fire-fighting equipment. Apparently when they hook up their hoses there's potential for that."

Vancouver Island Health Authority's (VIHA) website says, "Fire department hooked up to system and back flow may have occurred and water system may have been compromised."

They are suggesting that the Silva Bay Marina submit bacteriological samples over the course of two different days. Millard has confirmed that the first have been conducted and the second is scheduled to be taken care of tomorrow.

VIHA is also recommending that they review the UV system to ensure it is operating correctly and that the system is flushed and disinfected by a certified operator.

The BWN will only be affecting a handful of employees says Millard, "It's just the marina. The restaurant was using the water but it's burned down so it's not being used for that purpose anymore. It's only affecting a couple employees as there are no residents or guests."

"We will just bring our own water anyway; it only comes out of the taps in the bathroom (at the marina)."

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