Water resumes in Enderby

Water resumes in Enderby

Conservation order lifted but boil water advisory remains

The taps are flowing again in Enderby.

City officials lifted the mandatory conservation advisory and the state of emergency Friday morning after a temporary water line was initiated.

“There’s a lot of excitement,” said Tate Bengtson, chief administrative officer.

A state of local emergency was initiated May 6 due to an imminent loss of water.

The crisis arose because of high turbidity on the Shuswap River which led to a boil water advisory May 5, and a drinking water main being out of service since a break in April.

“Businesses and residents can resume their normal water usage but we’re asking them initially to hold off on automatic irrigation and washing trucks so we don’t put pressure on the system.” said Bengtson.

The boil water advisory remains in place, but sampling is underway.

“If all of the tests come back negative for bacteria, the advisory could be lifted by the middle of next week,” said Bengtson.

The next focus will be the permanent repair of the water pipe that broke in April.

Bengtson is proud of the community as water consumption decreased during the emergency.

“The residents and businesses have all been tremendous in their support,” he said.

“They made impressive sacrifices for the whole community. It was a true team effort.”