UPDATE: Water advisory remains in Kelowna

A water quality advisory went into effect Friday afternoon

UPDATE: May, 15, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

City of Kelowna water utility customers remain on a Water Quality Advisory. The advisory was originally issued on Friday afternoon after elevated turbidity levels were noted at city water intakes. The Advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Kelowna residents are served by one of five water providers throughout the city. To find out which one they are on, residents can enter in their address using the find your water provider tool at kelowna.ca/water.

A Water Quality Advisory is used in situations in which the public health threat posed by the water supply system is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks through means other than requiring a boil water notice.

The city says if people have questions about using a filtration system, they should check with the manufacturer’s specifications if the filter is effective when there is high levels of turbidity.

ORIGINAL:

A water quality advisory has been issued for all customers in the City of Kelowna water utility.

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.

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 notice is available through the city’s website, which can be printed on standard letter size paper and posted until further notice.