Some Ellison residents still have bad water

Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District says water quality advisory for 400 Ellison residences remains in effect.

  • Jul. 3, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Some Ellison residents will have to continue to put up with a water quality advisory.

Some 400 residences within the Ellison area, east of Old Vernon Road, will have to continue to put up with a water quality advisory.

As a precaution with the input from Interior Health, the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District wants to raise awareness about the elevated turbidity levels and poor water quality conditions which are typical within the Mill Creek water source system during the summer months.

Water treatment and disinfection is being maintained throughout the distribution system and water quality is being closely monitored by GEID staff, according to John Bartell, manager of engineering and operations.

Any properties under the water quality advisory notice have water that is considered FAIR due to elevated turbidity (cloudiness in the water). For FAIR ratings, Interior Health recommends that children (up to 12 years of age), the elderly and people with weakened immune systems boil their water for one minute or seek a safe alternative.

See for more detailed information about water quality safety measures.

In a news release, Barton stated: “It is important to note that GEID customers in the Glenmore area receiving water from the new Okanagan lake intake via the McKinley Reservoir have attained significant water quality improvements in recent months. However, the current (water quality advisory) remains in effect. No advisory is in effect for properties serviced by the McKinley Landing water system.”

For more information, call the GEID office at 250-763-6506.

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