Water warnings in Central Okanagan downgraded and removed

The boil-water notice for Falcon Ridge system now a water advisory and Peachland’s advisory lifted

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has downgraded a precautionary boil water notice issued last month to a water quality advisory for the Falcon Ridge Water System in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

While water quality and turbidity have improved, they remain slightly above safe and acceptable Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines, said Bruce Smith, spokesman for the regional district.

So it’s recommended Falcon Ridge water customers with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children and those wishing additional precautions continue to boil all water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth for at least one minute. System customers may also choose to use a safe alternatives to water from the tap, such as bottled or distilled water.

The water quality advisory affects approximately 55 properties connected to the community water system off Highway 33.

The boil water notice was issued in Oct. 18 as a precaution due to increased turbidity during construction on the new water intake for the system.

For more detail and information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6241.

Meanwhile, the District of Peachland has completed sediment removal projects at the Deep Creek and Trepanier Creek Intake, the Trepanier Creek source was are-activated late last week and the Okanagan Lake pumps were shut down.

After closely monitoring the site over the weekend, and in consultation with the Interior Health, the district has rescinded the water quality advisory that was in place .

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