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FLOOD WATCH 2017: Water quality advisory for parts of West Kelowna

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May 13, 2017 - 1:30 PM

WEST KELOWNA - A new water quality advisory has been issued for some residents of West Kelowna.

The City says any children, elderly or people with weakened immune systems should boil water coming from the West Kelowna Estates Water System. The same goes for anyone seeking additional protection from microorganisms.

The advisory was issued because of increased turbidity in Okanagan Lake, where the water is sourced from, according to a press release from the City of West Kelowna. It affects around 1,000 connections in the system.

Water quality advisories are still in effect for the Pritchard Water System and Sunnyside Water System.

Free water is available to residents affected by water advisories in the West Kelowna area.  Access will remain until the end of the current water quality advisories and is open to anyone affected by those advisories, including Pritchard, Sunnyside and users of the Tsinstikeptum 9 System.

Residents of Peachland under the boil water notice for that commnity also have access to the free bulk water.

The free bulk water station is set up at Shannon Lake Road and Asquith Road. People need to bring their own containers and hoses, if needed, according to the press release.

Increased turbidity means the disinfection process is less effective as the cloudiness can shield bacteria and viruses from chlorine. To cleanse it, water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute.

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