The irony is almost too much to bear.
The day after hundreds of residents piled into Chilliwack Alliance Church to give Fraser Health Authority (FHA) bureaucrats a piece of their mind about a chlorination edict, E. coli has been detected in the main water system.
City offiicals issued a water quality advisory Wednesday for Greendale residents after water sampling confirmed E. coli bacteria "in one isolated location."
The test result was the lowest level detectable. Still, the city has activated its standby chlorination system and is flushing the pipes in the area. The chlorine will take 12 hours to reach the area and residents are advised to run the water in their pipes to flush their systems.
Results from resampling should be available by Thursday after which the city and FHA will determine if a boil water advisory is warranted.
The news comes less than 24 hours after approximately 500 people attended an FHA public meeting to discuss the order that Chilliwack begin drinking water chlorination.
The format of the meeting saw Van Buynder speak about the water system and the FHA edict followed by a question-and-answer period.
He began by talking about Walkerton and the seven people who died and the 2,300 people who got sick in that Ontario town in May 2000.
"The message that got out at that particular time is that If we don't do drinking water protection properly and we get unlucky with the bug that turns up, then this has enormous consequences for the residents of the town that we are talking about," Van Buynder said.As I type, CBC Radio is interviewing the mayor of Chilliwack about whether or not the city now has a boil-water advisory. The mayor says no. The radio interviewer says yes. She says yes, but it's not an official Fraser Health Authority decree.