Kalamalka Lake water source shut off because of turbidity

Change to Duteau Creek system could be in place until the end of March

A primary source of Greater Vernon’s water has been turned off.

The Kalamalka Lake source was shut off Thursday because of increased turbidity in the water. Customers have been switched over to the Duteau Creek source.

“There are no health related affects to our customers,” said Renne Clark, water quality manager with the Regional District of North Okanagan.”

The turbidity, or cloudiness, is a result of milfoil rototilling at the north end of the lake.

“Water will be supplied from the Duteau Creek water treatment plant until the rototilling on Kalamalka Lake is complete, which will be about March 31,” said Clark.

“Greater Vernon Water is working with the Okanagan Basin Water Board to find solutions that meet both milfoil removal and water quality objectives.”

Customers who are not normally on the Duteau Creek source will notice the water is much softer and the

water has a low alkalinity and pH.

“This may be of interest to those customers who have in-home water treatment systems or aquariums,” said Clark.