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Water quality advisory partially lift in Kelowna

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June 19, 2017 - 3:18 PM

KELOWNA – The water quality advisory affecting some parts of Kelowna has been lifted.

The City of Kelowna lifted the advisory today, June 19, for customers north of K.L.O. Road. Residents and businesses south of K.L.O. Road are still under the advisory.

The advisory, originally issued May 12, was rescinded after the City consulted with the Interior Health Authority, according to a media release. High turbidity levels was the original cause of the advisory.

“We’ve been monitoring turbidity levels and the Poplar Point intake now has consistently low levels allowing us to lift the advisory for the north part of our utility area,” water quality supervisor Ed Hoppe says in the release. “We’ve also seen an improvement in the water intakes that feed the south part of Kelowna but lake levels are still high and turbidity has been fluctuating. We’ll lift that part of the advisory as soon as we are confident turbidity levels have returned to normal.”

This is the first time we've needed to issue an advisory in over 20 years, Hoppe says.

“With the extraordinary spring we’ve been experiencing, we certainly appreciate the patience and understanding of those within the City of Kelowna Water Utility and we expect to be able to lift the advisory for all City utility customers soon," he says.

A water advisory map has been created to help guide people as to where advisories are in place now.

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