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Essential use only remains in place for Grindrod water users

Regional District of North Okanagan issued the essential use only edict Tuesday, May 21
Grindrod Water Utility customers remain limited to essential use only. (RDNO map)

Grindrod Water Utility (GRW) customers must continue to use water only for essential purposes.

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) advised customers Tuesday, May 21, that they can only use water for essential purposes after trying unsuccessfully to repair the blocked water intake.

“Crews are re-assessing, and another attempt will be made as soon as possible,” said the RDNO in a release late Wednesday afternoon, May 22. “A water hauling contractor has been procured to ensure reservoir levels remain sufficient until the blocked water intake is resolved.”

Because of the blocked water intake in the Shuswap River, Grindrod Water is currently using water stored in the reservoir.

Customers will be notified of updates at (filter by Water Notices) and the RDNO’s Facebook page at You can also subscribe to receive email updates at

The GRW is still on a Precautionary Boil Water Notice (BWN), issued May 17, and will remain in effect until sampling results confirm that the drinking water is safe.

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Roger Knox

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