Press Release – Lifting of Boil Water Notice is Good News

Please see PDF of today’s release in response to the news that the city’s Boil Water Notice has been downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory. Be sure to visit the city website to learn more.

Priorities – Following the Lifting of the Boil Water Notice:

  1. Recognize access to drinking water as a human right, and put in place measures that fulfill this right at the municipal level of government.
  2. Provide vulnerable residents with access to drinking water until the Water Quality Advisory is also lifted (especially since the advisory applies specifically to vulnerable residents).
  3. Stand up for access to drinking water for everyone, including for First Nations that routinely endure extended Boil Water Notices, Do Not Consume Notices, and Water Quality Advisories.
  4. Develop and plan for before, during, and after any future Boil Water Notice.
    • Independent investigation by an outside expert on water quality
    • Fully transparent process
    • Broad and extensive review, focusing on access, safety, health, wellness, and economic impacts of the water infrastructure rebuild and this (or any future) extended Boil Water Notice
    • Communicate with residents using official City platforms first
  5. Apply transparency and accountability measures to the remaining phases of the city government’s water infrastructure project.