Thornhill boil water advisory exended until Dec. 31

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The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) has extended its precautionary boil water advisory for Thornhill.

The RDKS issued an update on Dec. 18, saying that staff were working to disinfect and flush the system, and that people would experience chlorine in the system at safe levels. The regional district said it will provide an update on or around Dec. 31.

According to a RDKS public notice, laboratory tests indicated the presence of total coliform bacteria in drinking water, which may indicate that disease-causing microorganisms are present.

Boiling water kills such microorganisms, which can include viruses, parasites and bacteria which may cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea and other symptoms. The notice states that anyone experiencing such symptoms should consult a doctor.

The regional district is encouraging users of the Thornhill water system bring water to a rapid rolling boil for at least one minute, use bottled water or a different approved water source for brushing teeth, drinking and food preparation.

Questions about the notice can be directed to the RDKS at (250) 615-6100.

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News