Temporary Water Discolouration

Posted: August 26, 2019

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For Immediate Release
August 26, 2019

Temporary Water Discolouration

During the Weekend of August 24, 2019

TOFINO – On Saturday August 24, businesses along Pacific Rim Highway north of Sharp Road reported discoloured water to the Public Works Emergency line. Routine checks at the water treatment plant earlier that day showed normal colour, turbidity and chlorine levels.

In the afternoon of August 24, another report of discoloured water came from a property located south of Sharp Road.

In response, Public Works carried out flushing exercises at the reported locations, including Pacific Rim Highway and Lynn Road. All locations reported normal colouring after flushing.

District staff continue to look into the source of the localized discoloration in an effort to prevent it from reoccurring. We do not believe the temporary discoloration was caused by Tofino’s water sources or in-town reservoirs, nor do we believe there are any ruptured pipes since the event was short lived. Although discolouration does not affect the health or safety of persons consuming the water, for certainty we have sent bacteriological samples for testing on Monday, August 26.

If you note discolouration in your water supply, we suggest running outside faucets until the water clears. Please do not hesitate to contact District of Tofino Public Works if the problem persists.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we continue to undertake regular maintenance and turbidity testing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Public Works Emergencies: 250-726-7837


Ricardo Araya, P.Eng.

Manager of Engineering & Public Works

250-725-3229 ext. 801