PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- The Boil Water Notice in Prince Rupert has been downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory.

"A Water Quality Advisory is a precautionary measure issued to residents considered most ‘at risk,’" reads a press release from the city.

"A Water Quality Advisory indicates a level of risk associated with consuming the drinking water, but the conditions do not warrant a boil water notice or do-not-use water notice. It is the lowest level notification, and is issued as a precautionary measure (particularly to those with compromised immune systems that they should take appropriate steps, such as boiling their water prior to consuming).".

Children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are advised to boil their water for one minute, then cool it and place it in a food-grade storage container before using it to drink, wash fruits and vegetables or brush teeth.

However, these steps are no longer required for the general population.

The advisory remains in effect until further notice.