May 12, 2017
A Water Quality Advisory has been issued for all customers in the City of Kelowna water utility. A Water Quality Advisory alerts residents that there is a modest health risk associated with consuming water.
During a Water Quality Advisory, the Interior Health Authority makes the following recommendations:
Who should take precaution:
People with weakened immune systems or chronic illnesses
People under 12 and over 65 years of age
People wishing for additional protection
How to take precaution:
Boil water for one minute, then store in clean covered containers in your refrigerator. Be sure water is cool before drinking to avoid burns or scalds.
Use filtered or distilled water
Use an alternative water resource (e.g. bottled water)
The advisory is issued due to higher than normal turbidity levels at water intakes. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
“Interior Health has been notified and we will be monitoring turbidity levels at all City pump stations,” says Ed Hoppe, Water Quality and Customer Care Supervisor. We are seeing unprecedented water levels and flows into Lake Okanagan. With that comes fine sediment that has raised the turbidity levels at our intakes marginally above drinking water guidelines. As a result, we have adjusted our UV disinfection and chlorine levels to ensure that we continue to maintain a clean, coliform bacteria free system. At this time, the advisory is solely based on the elevated turbidity level.”
Kelowna Utility requests that water consumption be limited to essential use only during this advisory to allow for increased line flushing and assist with reducing the amount of time to rescind the notification. This includes restricting irrigation and outdoor water use as well as any unnecessary indoor usage. Residents will be updated as more information becomes available.
Owners of public facilities and business are required to post Water Quality Advisory notices at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public. A Water Quality Advisory notice is available at http://kelowna.ca/water , which can be printed on standard letter size paper and posted until further notice.