Tim McGonigle, the acting mayor of Lake Cowichan, said rumours that the town has issued new water advisories are not true. (File photo)

Water in Lake Cowichan just fine, says acting mayor

Tim McGonigle said there is no truth to rumours of water advisories

There are no water quality warnings or advisories currently in place for the Town of Lake Cowichan’s water supply, according to Tim McGonigle, the community’s acting mayor.

McGonigle wants to clear the air after misinformation was spreading through social media and the town that water advisories are in effect, or about to be implemented for the community, even though the town’s new approximately $6-million water treatment facility was recently completed.


“We are currently operating the water treatment plant under the terms and conditions of the Interim Operating Permit issued by Island Health,” McGonigle said in a message on the town’s Facebook page.

“We are moving towards the full commissioning of the facility, but COVID-19 has delayed the final commissioning process.”

McGonigle said there was a requirement for the town to install a soda ash injection system so that the water’s pH level, as established by the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, is maintained at acceptable levels.

“There are no specific health effects on which to base limits for the pH of drinking water,” he said.

“The main purpose in controlling pH is to produce water in which corrosion and incrustation are minimized.”


McGonigle said that while the construction of the plant is complete and it is operational, the town is currently treating the water supply with direct filtration, chlorine, and ultraviolet disinfection, and soon will be adding soda ash.

“While continuing to monitor and test the quality of the supply with our certified operators, the intent is to move forward with upgrading training opportunities to the levels required by the Environmental Operations Certificate Program and Island Health for the treatment and distribution of water,” he said.

“The next step is for our public works department to determine the right amount of soda ash to add to the water before and after the commissioning phase. Adjustments to the system will be required for a period of time to stabilize the pH levels.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

municipal politics

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mary Lowther column: Growing out your own seeds

Some crops like tomatoes don’t cross pollinate well

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Buyers across the province will soon be able to pick up a… Continue reading

Minivan driver’s speed a factor in fatal 2018 Malahat crash

Driver was travelling at 101 km/h in a construction zone

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

BREAKING: Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read