Heavy rain prompts boil water notice for Peachland

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PEACHLAND – A heavy rainfall is behind the boil water notice issued in Peachland on Saturday.

The boil water notice went into effect yesterday, July 10, and will be in place until the extreme turbidity in the Trepanier Creek source has cleared up.

The City of Peachland says the flow is so high from Trepanier Creek into the Cousins Road reservoir “the required contact time to inactivate giardia to the 99.99 per cent treatment objective is not met.”

As a result the Interior Health Authority recommends the water quality advisory while the Okanagan Lake pumps are in use, the city says. The community routinely switches to water from Okanagan Lake during spring runoff.

Interior Health recommends all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. Water intended for drinking, washing fruits or vegetables, making juice or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.

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