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Water quality advisory ends for Westshore water customers

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April 15, 2014 - 2:56 PM

KELOWNA - A Water Quality Advisory has been removed for residents served by the Westshore Water System off Westside Road.

The lifting of the Advisory today by the Regional District of Central Okanagan was made in consultation with Interior Health.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “The lab results from test samples of water taken from the upper Mountain Reservoir distribution area confirmed no evidence that the water supply for almost 150 properties connected to the reservoir was contaminated.  We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused since the advisory was initiated last Thursday afternoon in response to vandalism our staff found at the reservoir.   When it comes to water safety, there’s no messing around and whenever any risk is identified we enact our emergency response procedures.  That’s why when we learned of the situation Thursday afternoon our emergency plan kicked in and in order to protect public health we announced the advisory would be in place until we could completely confirm the safety of the water supply and that the water wasn’t compromised.”

Smith says, In order to further increase security fencing will be installed around the reservoir site, which is in a remote area above the Westshore subdivision. 

"This unfortunate act of vandalism caused a major inconvenience for our customers and cost additional funds for staff to flush the system and in getting water samples tested," Smith says. "We take water quality and protecting the water supply seriously and encourage anyone witnessing suspicious activity around our water facilities to contact the RCMP.

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@cord.bc.ca 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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