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Kamloops can expect cloudy drinking water thanks to emergency intake testing

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November 16, 2018 - 2:19 PM

KAMLOOPS - As construction of the emergency water intake nears completion, the city of Kamloops is warning residents they may experience some cloudy water during the final testing stage.

The North Thompson Emergency Water Intake on Yates Road is undergoing a three-stage testing process, according to a city of Kamloops media release. The city says the testing has been designed to minimize impacts to water customers.

However, residents may experience minor turbidity during the third stage of testing due to potential sediment in the water lines, city says.

The third stage is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29, and there is potential for cloudy or dirty-looking water for several days following the testing. 

The reverse flow of water from the intake to the North Kamloops Reservoir may cause the cloudy drinking water, but no health concerns are expected to occur as a result of the testing. Residents are encouraged to run their taps until the water's clarity improves.

Civic Operations staff will work closely with the communications division to ensure proactive messaging is delivered to notify water users of the potential for cloudy or dirty water following the stage three testing, a report to council says. They will also be available to respond to water quality concerns as needed.

The emergency water intake was constructed to provide the city with a secondary water source in the event of a major contamination of the city’s primary supply from the South Thompson River. The city says the project leverages Kamloops’ unique opportunity of having two separate water sources available within city limits.

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