Thousands of Okanagan Landing residents may soon be advised that there is no risk to turning on the tap.
On Monday, a water main break forced the North Okanagan Regional District to issue a water quality advisory to 1,100 addresses from the 4700 block of Okanagan Landing Road to Peters Road.
“The advisory could be lifted today or Thursday,” said Arnold Badke, engineering general manager.
As part of the advisory, children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems should be careful when ingesting water.
For these customers, water should be boiled for one minute for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, and brushing teeth.
Three bacteriological tests showing no presence of contamination must be obtained before the advisory can be lifted.
It’s believed the water main break in the north Kalamalka Lake may have caused some turbidity. As of Tuesday, water quality was considered to be fair.
This advisory includes customers in the areas listed below:
Fulton Secondary School
Okanagan Landing Elementary School
Ellison Elementary School
Willow Park Road
Special precautions were taken because of the three schools.
“We called the principals to advise them of the situation,” said Badke.
The water main was repaired by 5 p.m. Monday.
“The line is not too old but there was possibly a flaw in it and we had a pressure spike,” said Badke.