Updated Advisory from VIHA

A no-water use advisory in effect: south-end of Shawnigan Lake Area

November 13, 2015

Island Health is advising residents not to use water taken out of the lake from the south end of Lake Shawnigan, south of Butler Avenue and Verlon Road, due to a suspected overflow of water from the South Island Aggregates site.

The Ministry of the Environment is investigating, and water tests will be conducted.

No licensed permitted drinking water systems draw water from this area. Private residents are always recommended to properly treat water from surface sources.

As further information becomes available, this advisory may be updated.

Nov 14th clarification: Island Health is advising not to use or draw water from that area of the lake for residential or commercial use including bathing/personal hygiene, drinking, and food preparation. The area to which the advisory applies is the south end (south of Butler Avenue on the west side of the lake and south of Verlon Road on the east side of the lake).

Central/North Island media inquiries:
Valerie Wilson
Manager, Regional Communications
250.739.6303
Valerie.Wilson@viha.ca

South Island media inquiries:
Kellie Hudson
Media Relations Manager
250.370.8908
Kellie.Hudson@viha.ca