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Grindrod residents limited to essential water use

Blocked intake restricts resource amid boil water advisory
Grindrod Water Utility customers are limited to essential use only. (RDNO map)

A blocked water intake has restricted use of the precious resource in Grindrod.

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) advises customers supplied by the Grindrod Water Utility (GRW) that they can only use water for essential purposes as of May 21.

The utility is currently using water stored in the reservoir due to a blocked water intake in Shuswap River.

The GRW is also still on a precautionary boil water notice, issued May 17.

The notice is in effect until sampling results confirm that the drinking water is safe.

“While water service to customers is being restored, you may experience some turbidity, which is normal,” the RDNO advises. “Please run the cold water in your bathtub and other taps and appliances until the water runs clear.”

The boil water notices is due to a power outage that caused a loss of water.

A power outage or other event causing loss of water to GRW customers can lead to depressurization of the distribution pipes increasing the risk of back siphonage.

All customers should boil their water for at least one minute when preparing any food, drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice or when brushing teeth.

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