Water quality advisory issued for some Westshore residents

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a precautionary water quality advisory for some residents served by the Westshore water system.

The advisory affects almost 150 properties connected to the upper mountain reservoir distribution area of the community water system adjacent to Westside Road.

“Interior Health has been contacted and we’ve taken steps to alert affected customers after our staff found some possible vandalism at the upper mountain reservoir,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

“Based on the available information and water quality monitoring data, at this time there’s no evidence that the drinking water in the reservoir was contaminated.  In addition to draining and flushing the lines to reduce the risk, we are conducting additional monitoring of the water quality and will provide updates as more information becomes available.”

As a precaution until water sample test results are received, users in the affected area with weakened immune systems and  those wishing to take additional precautions are encouraged to follow Interior Health’s recommended guidelines.

“All water intended for drinking, washing fruits and produce, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water or water filtered through a well-maintained in-home treatment device,” he said.

The precautionary water quality advisory will continue until further notice.


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