July 15, 2014 - 10:52 AM
OKANAGAN FALLS - A boil water notice issued last week for Okanagan Falls residents won't be lifted because water samples continue to test positive for E. Coli.
The bacteria was found during a routine water sampling last Thursday.
Interior Health is asking for three consecutively clean samples of water from the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District before the boil water notice will be lifted, said Bob Daly, chair of the irrigation district.
Two samples have already been taken — the first sample came back clean, which hopefully means the system was successfully flushed after crew came in to do the emergency procedure, he said. Daly expects to learn the results of the second test by tonight.
It was initially thought residents might go back to using tap water without concern as early as July 15, however, Daly said Friday, July 18 is the earliest the notice can be lifted, now that three samples need to be tested.
Residents are being warned by Okanagan Falls Irrigation District and Interior Health to boil water for one minute before drinking, preparing food, and brushing teeth.
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