White Rock is under a boil-water advisory

White Rock boil-water advisory still in effect

White Rock water levels at full-capacity after crews battling Five Corners fire deplete reserves, causing bacteria concerns.

The City of White Rock’s boil-water advisory is still in place as of Wednesday morning, but staff say it is expected to be lifted “very soon.”

The advisory was put in place shortly before noon Sunday, as the city’s water reserves were depleted while crews worked to extinguish a large fire at Five Corners.

Wednesday morning, city staff were awaiting a second round of testing results before the advisory would be lifted, according to city manager Dan Bottrill. The first round of samples, taken Monday morning and posted on the city’s website Tuesday afternoon,  did not show any bacterial contamination in the system.

The boil-water advisory was put in place as a result of concerns that the low water level could create negative pressure in the lines, which could result in bacterial contamination entering the system, city staff said Sunday.

By Monday morning, White Rock’s reservoirs were back at full capacity, Bottrill said, and water samples had been taken to the lab for testing.

“It takes approximately 18 hours to incubate to determine if there’s any bacteria,” Bottrill said, noting results would not be available until Tuesday morning.

“At that time, we’ll have a better idea if there is any bacteria that was able to come into the line as result of that low pressure.”

At the height of the blaze Sunday morning, fire crews were forced to connect to Surrey water lines, for a period of “at least six hours,” after water levels in White Rock began to recede, Bottrill said.

Bottrill said the amount of water used to extinguish the fire was “unprecedented” for the city, and though it was cause for concern, Bottrill said the water levels were not “a danger.”

“We were certainly concerned, and we took steps to mitigate that,” Bottrill said. “It was a phenomenal amount of water that was being used on that fire event.

“We are going to be reviewing our infrastructure to determine whether or not there are things that we could do to be better-positioned.”

Just Posted

‘Speed dating’ all-candidates meeting in Surrey zeroes in on homelessness and housing

Candidates mingle with residents at tables with various topics, in 10-minute intervals

Partial lane closures for Port Mann Tuesday, Wednesday nights

Drivers can expect delays during maintenance work: Mainroad

Surrey man drops one-kilo brick of cocaine as cops arrest him outside his house

Amanpreet Singh Gill serving two years less a day for possessing cocaine for purpose of trafficking

North Delta library featuring local artist in new exhibit

Internationally-renowned artist Jarnail Singh will have his art on display until Nov. 22

South Surrey pet blessing event to be held Sunday

All animals welcome to be blessed by Peninsula United Church

VIDEO: More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

B.C. privacy watchdog worries that the cameras are a ‘slow creep’ to a surveillance state

Arborist killed by fallen tree at Maple Ridge Golf Course

Was working near the 9th tee box of the golf course.

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

Abbotsford raccoon dies from injuries suffered in a trap

Wildlife protection group offering $1,000 reward for information about incident

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Most Read