April 11, 2014 - 10:36 AM
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a precautionary Water Quality Advisory for some residents served by the Westshore Water System in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.
The advisory affects almost 150 properties* connected to the upper Mountain Reservoir distribution area of the community water system adjacent to Westside Road.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Interior Health has been contacted and we’ve taken steps to alert affected customers after our staff found some possible vandalism at the Upper Mountain Reservoir. Based on the available information and water quality monitoring data, at this time there’s no evidence that the drinking water in the reservoir was contaminated. In addition to draining and flushing the lines to reduce the risk, we are conducting additional monitoring of the water quality and will provide updates as more information becomes available.”
Smith adds, ”As a precaution until water sample test results are received, until further notice we encourage those users in the affected area with weakened immune systems and those wishing to take additional precautions to follow Interior Health’s recommended guidelines. All water intended for drinking, washing fruits and produce, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water or water filtered through a well-maintained in-home treatment device.”
This precautionary water quality advisory affecting the upper distribution area of the Westshore Water System will continue until further notice. Roadside sign notices have been placed at key intersections as well to advise residents of the precautionary Water Quality Advisory.
For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-469-6241. To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.
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