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North Okanagan boil water advisory downgraded

Mabel Lake water quality advisory, customers are still encouraged to boil water prior to consuming
The precautionary boil water notice that was issued for customers on the Mabel Lake Water utility, on May 16, has been downgraded to a water quality advisory. (RDNO photo)

The Regional District of North Okanagan has downgraded its boil water notice (BWN) to a water quality advisory (WQA) for Mabel Lake.

In conjunction with Interior Health, the notice was issued on May 17 for the rural Enderby area, but improved water quality has since come in effect.

The WQA will remain in place until the lake turbidity or cloudiness returns to a level that meets drinking standards and sampling results confirm that drinking water is safe.

Spring melt has increased the presence of particles like clay and slit in the water treatment process and this process does not have the capacity to treat this water to meet drinking water standards.

The turbidity levels leaving the water treatment process has decreased, however, they are still exceeding acceptable levels, which is why a WQA is still necessary.

Until the WQA is rescinded, young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems should exercise caution and all customers are encouraged to still boil their water for at least one minute when drinking, brushing teeth, washing food and making beverages or ice.

Keep up to date with changes to the advisory via the rdno website.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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