A boil-water advisory will be in place for Crofton, beginning at 5 p.m. on April 13, and it’s expected to stay in place for up to three days.
The order is the result of a water leak that was detected Wednesday morning in the supply line that brings water from the Cowichan River to the Crofton pulp mill.
The Municipality of North Cowichan obtains water for Crofton from the mill’s treatment facility.
The location of the leak has been detected and staff from the municipality are working with the mill to repair the leak as quickly as possible.
While repairs are underway, the Crofton mill won’t be using water from the community supply, and mill operations won’t impact the availability of drinking water to Crofton.
Staff are currently moving Crofton to an alternate source of water from Crofton Lake to ensure the community has continual access to water while the repairs are taking place.
The municipality is installing signs around Crofton to notify the community about the boil-water advisory, which calls for only water for cooking and drinking to be boiled before use.
All of North Cowichan’s fire departments are aware of the situation and are sensitive to the water-supply issues in Crofton.
The municipality is also in communication with Island Health on the issue, and updates will be posted at www.northcowichan.ca under “news”.