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Boil water notice lifted in Oyama
UPDATE: The boil water notice on the Oyama Lake water source has now been downgraded back to a water quality advisory.
Lab test results on water samples taken over the past two days confirmed no bacteria present and authorization was received from Interior Health to remove the boil water notice.
“We are pleased to be able to lift the Boil Water Notice for the Oyama service area,” said Michael Mercer, director of engineering and operations.
“With the increase in seasonal rains and the scheduled irrigation turn off for the Oyama Lake source Oct. 15 to18, we are confident in the system’s ability to meet the water needs of the area using the UV treated Kalamalaka Lake source water until the 2014 irrigation demands require the use of the Oyama Lake source water again.”
UPDATE: No bacteria appears present in the Oyama Lake water source but a boil water notice remains in place.
On Wednesday, the District of Lake Country upgraded from a water quality advisory to a boil water notices on the Oyama Lake water source due to the presence of bacteriological indicator organisms including e.coli.
Lab test results returned Thursday on water samples taken Wednesday showed no bacteria present, however the boil water notice remains in place.
“To lift the boil water notice, we need two consecutive sets of samples taken 24 hours apart showing no bacteria present and authorization from Interior Health to remove the notice,” said Michael Mercer, director of engineering and operations.
“We are very encouraged by the anticipated clean test results today. The boil water notice could be removed as early as Friday evening.”
The District of Lake Country has upgraded the Oyama Lake source from a water quality advisory to a boil water notice.
Test results returned Wednesday on water quality samples taken Tuesday showed the presence of bacteriological indicator organisms.
Water technicians were able to immediately switch the system over to the Kalamalka Lake water source.
“We are taking this very seriously,” said Michael Mercer, director of engineering and operations.
“Due to the numerous rain events in the past week the resulting decrease in water quality has made the chlorine residual a challenge to maintain, so we have been monitoring the water quality frequently and increasing the dosage of chlorine. However, because it takes 24 hours to get test results we feel it is crucial to issue an immediate boil water notice to everyone on the system.”
There are about 270 properties in the affected area and sensitive customers on the district’s registry have been notified personally by phone and e-mail.
Regular showering and irrigation should flush the old water from service lines and dead spots and the treated Kalamalka Lake water is already throughout the system.
“We will continue to closely monitor the water quality and will update our report tomorrow afternoon as soon as the lab results are available from samples collected from key points on the system today,” said Greg Buchholz, operations manager.
“We urge residents that rely on the Oyama Lake source not to drink any water without boiling it first until otherwise notified; and anyone that is feeling ill should see their doctor immediately.”