Boil order in effect in Fernie

Anyone who wants to use water to drink, wash fruit/vegetables, or to make beverages and ice should boil water.

  • Sep. 23, 2015 12:00 p.m.

A boil order is in effect for the City of Fernie.

After testing showed turbidity level of 4.7, or poor, the City of Fernie and Interior Health recommend that all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice.

According to the city’s website, turbidity is a water quality term that refers to the clarity of the water and occurs when “fine suspended particles of clay, silt, organic and inorganic matter, plankton and other microscopic organisms are picked up by water as it passes through a watershed.”

As turbidity levels rise, so do health risks.

The recommended amount of time to boil the water is one minute.

“The City of Fernie is taking additional steps to reduce risk,” said Dave Cockwell, director of operational services in a press release from Sept. 23. “Interior Health has been fully involved and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved.”

For more information, contact the City of Fernie at 250-423-6817 or visit

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