Release – Community for Clean Water to Present to City Council on Day 46 of Restricted Access to Drinking Water for Most Vulnerable

January 28, 2019 marks the 46th day that Elders, young children, and residents with a compromised immune system, or another related medical condition, must either buy drinking water or boil water from Prince Rupert’s municipal water system before consuming it. For the most vulnerable, access to drinking water remains restricted if they cannot afford to buy their water and do not have the means to boil it.

On December 14, 2018 the city announced that a Boil Water Notice was effect. While the notice was downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory on January 25, 2019, the city’s most vulnerable residents continue facing restricted access to clean water. Provisions for these residents are just as important now, as they were during the Boil Water Notice.

Tom Kertes, volunteer organizer of Community for Clean Water, will present to Mayor and Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for January 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Prince Rupert City Hall. Community for Clean Water is calling on the city to:

  1. Recognize access to drinking water as a human right which must be fulfilled by the municipal government, especially for the city’s most vulnerable residents and even during a Boil Water Notice or Water Quality Advisory.
  2. Launch a broad, extensive, independent, and transparent investigation into the city’s preparations for, and responses to, a 46 plus day Boil Water Notice and Water Quality Advisory that includes looking into measures provided for vulnerable residents, the health and safety affects of the situation, and any economic impacts.
  3. Ensure that the investigation is conducted by an independent expert on water quality and public water infrastructure who gathers feedback directly from those most vulnerable to restricted access to drinking water during an extended breakdown of the public water system. The full results of the investigation should be made public.

Download PDF of today’s media release here (or click image below).

Updated: January 26, 2019 to fix a typo and clarify that only certain residents must boil water during the Water Quality Advisory. The release PDF was corrected as well.

Water Update – Water Quality Advisory in Place

The City of Prince Rupert announced today that the Boil Water Notice is no longer in effect for the city’s water system. A Water Quality Advisory is now in effect. To learn more about what the downgrading of the 6-week Boil Water Notice to a Water Quality Advisory means for city residents, visit the City of Prince Rupert website. Continue to follow water quality recommendations provided by Northern Health and other public health agencies.

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.