Interior Health has launched what it calls a first-of-its-kind project in Canada.
An online interactive water advisory map allows people to search the entire Interior Health region for current drinking water advisories.
They can also learn more about IH water suppliers, the types of advisories, and the reasons for them.
The health agency says given the challenges to water suppliers from current flooding in the region, the launch of the map is especially timely in providing a valuable resource to help protect residents from waterborne illnesses.
“Not everyone across IH has peace of mind that the water that comes out of their tap is safe. With this map, individuals are provided accessible and up-to-date information on their water quality,” says IH Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Trevor Corneil. “If there’s an advisory on their system, they can make informed decisions related to possible health risks. This level of understanding is also important, as local communities discuss future investments in their public and private water systems.”