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UPDATE: Greater Vernon Water source switched back

Kal Lake source turned on after turbidity eases
The Duteau Creek Water Treatment Facility will be supplying Greater Vernon Water customers for the time being as of Wednesday, May 11, after the Kal Lake Water Source was turned off due to turbidity. (Morning Star - file photo)


Greater Vernon Water (GVW) customers have been switched back to their original source.

The Kalamalka Lake water source was turned back on Tuesday, May 31 after it was turned off May 11 due to turbidity.

“The repairs have now been completed, and the turbidity (cloudiness) has returned back to normal levels,” the Regional District of North Okanagan said May 31.

GVW is returning to normal operations by supplying water from its two sources; the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant supplied by Duteau Creek and the Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant supplied by Kalamalka Lake.

Customers may notice some cloudiness or sediment in their water as a result of the change in direction of flow.

“Please run a cold water tap closest to where the water enters your house before your hot water tank, any in-home filtration, or taps with aerators,” RDNO said.



The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) is alerting customers of Greater Vernon Water (GVW) that the Kalamalka Lake water source has been turned off effective today, Wednesday, May 11.

The decision was based on increased turbidity due to rain and spring run-off in the Coldstream Creek watershed. Water will be supplied from the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant until turbidity decreases in Kalamalka Lake.

Customers who are not normally on the Duteau Creek water source will notice the water is much softer and has a low alkalinity and pH.

This may be of interest to those customers who have in-home water treatment systems or aquariums.

Staff will notify customers when the Kalamalka Lake water source is turned back on.

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

If you have any questions, please contact the RDNO Utilities Department at 250-550-3700.

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