Free bulk water is being offered to all property owners who have Okanagan Lake intakes.
The City of West Kelowna is extending the offer since Interior Health issued a Boil Water Notice to anyone drawing drinking water from Okanagan Lake within 300 meters of a bypass that is temporarily discharging treated wastewater near Pebble Beach. The notice applies particularly to residences between 2523 and 2589 Whitworth Road that are not connected to the City of West Kelowna’s Powers Creek Water Treatment Plant. It should also be noted that Pebble Beach is closed and swimming is discouraged within 150 meters of the bypass outfall.
The offer of free bulk water is also being extended, as a courtesy, to other lakefront property owners with their own intakes, given that the three City of West Kelowna systems that draw from the lake – Pritchard, Sunnyside and West Kelowna Estates – remain on Water Quality Advisories. The advisories for the three water systems were issued due to above normal turbidity at their intakes caused by spring runoff.
The free bulk water can be accessed at a filling station at the corner of Shannon Lake and Asquith Roads. The tap is located on the Asquith Road/Kinsmen Park side of the station. Users need to bring their own containers, and hoses if needed, and ensure they are clean and suitable for potable water.
West Kelowna Council directed staff to refit the station to allow free access given the water quality advisories affecting the Pritchard, Sunnyside and West Kelowna Estates Systems and the Tsinstikeptum 9 System in Westbank First Nation, and the boil water notice impacting residents in Peachland.
The filling station provides water treated via the state of the art Powers Creek Treatment Plant, which uses methods including filtration, UV radiation and chlorination.
The free access is granted for the duration of the current water quality advisories.