Water boil advisory

  • Jun. 3, 2011 11:00 a.m.


Northern Health and the City of Quesnel are advising the public of one isolated finding of

Cryptosporidium in Well #9 in the Quesnel Water System and have issued a Boil Water Notice

for the City of Quesnel’s water distribution system.

Follow-up testing is underway, and results could take up to six weeks. The boil water notice will remain in effect until the results are known and the City and NH can advise the public on next steps.

Cryptosporidium parvum is a parasite that infects the intestinal tract. Symptoms can include

diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, mild fever and dehydration. People with poorly

functioning immune systems are at risk of more serious illness when they get cryptosporidiosis.

The targeted precautionary BWN is for the people with weakened immune systems, young children and the elderly.

Until further notice, these people are advised to consider boiling any water that will be used for human consumption (drinking, cooking, brushing teeth) for at least two minutes. Showering and bathing is fine as long as no water is swallowed. Water from the City’s bulk water station, which provides water for many residents not on the City’s water system, is included in the notice.

Well #9 is one of six wells providing water to the Quesnel water system. The positive sample was the result of extensive, proactive sampling the City was doing on its wells to further evaluate the water system. These tests were over and above the testing the City does on a regular basis to ensure water safety.

The risk of Cryptosporidium has been and remains low in Quesnel.

Northern Health also advises rigorous hand-washing for residents on the City of Quesnel water

system, and generally as one of the best ways to keep from getting sick.