Editor’s note: As of 7:00p.m. on Dec. 8, the Boil Water Advisory for the City of Merritt has now been rescinded.

Merrittonians may soon have clean running water in their homes once again.

On Nov. 15, during the extensive flooding caused by the Coldwater river, Merritt’s potable water system failed, with contaminated water inadvertently being pumped into the system following an electrical short during a shutdown of one of the city’s main wells.

The water system was entirely shut off during a city-wide Evacuation Order but has since been brought back online. However, residents have been on a boil water advisory since returning home.

According to Greg Lowis, Information Officer for Merritt’s EOC, the boil water advisory may soon be lifted.

“We’re making progress on that,” said Lowis.

“The test results that we’ve had back are all pointing in the right direction, so we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to make moves on that within the next few days.”

To assist in flushing out the system, Public Works has requested that Merrittonians be liberal with their water use and run their faucets for a few minutes per day.


“At the moment, we’re looking to lower the levels of various chemicals that are in the water in order to get that to a potable status,” concluded Lowis.