Cranbrook business and property owners are encouraged to flush their water lines ahead of reopening. All it takes is running the cold water tap for several minutes. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

UPDATE: Water advisory ended on Westside

Westshore Estates leak repair causes need to flush system

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 1:

It’s safe to start drinking from the taps again.

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has rescinded the water quality advisory for customers in Westshore Estates.

The advisory affecting designated properties on Westshore Road, Colombia Way, Valley Drive, Bluebird Drive and Hillside Drive has been in place as a precaution following a leak repair Nov. 25. Since the work was completed, the impacted portion of the system has been flushed and testing results indicate turbidity is within acceptable and safe Canadian guidelines for drinking water quality.

The regional district provides water service to just over 1,000 connections in six service areas.

For information visit rdco.com/water or contact RDCO engineering services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241. To subscribe online for regional district water quality advisories or alerts by email visit the above website.

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UPDATE Wednesday, Nov. 25:

A precautionary water quality advisory is in place for customers of the Westshore Estates water system.

The advisory affects the following properties on the community water system located along Westside Road:

  • 10614-10732 Westshore Road (even numbers only)
  • 10740-10786 Westshore Road (even and odd numbers)
  • Bluebird Drive
  • Hillside Drive
  • 8-24 Valley Drive (new)
  • 10523-10565 Columbia Way (new)

The advisory is required after crews repaired a leak Wednesday, Nov. 24 and only affects the properties listed. Roadside sign notices are in place advising of the water advisory. Other properties within the Westshore Estates water system are not affected.

Crews are flushing the impacted section of the system to remove any impurities that may have entered the system during the work. As a precaution it’s recommended newborns, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and anyone wishing additional protection in the affected area should boil all water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth for at least one minute. As a safe alternative to boiled water from the tap, affected customers may choose to use bottled or distilled water.

This water quality advisory will continue until further notice and testing confirms water is within acceptable Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.

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ORIGINAL Tuesday, Nov. 24:

Some customers of the Westshore Estates water system along the north end of Westside Road should be aware of a planned water service outage.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan engineering services staff will be repairing a leak Wednesday, Nov. 25 starting at approximately 8:30 a.m. This work will see water shut off to the following properties:

  • 10614-10732 Westshore Road (even numbers only)
  • 10740-10786 Westshore Road (even and odd numbers)
  • Bluebird Drive
  • Hillside Drive

Water service will be restored as quickly as possible. No other properties should be impacted by the repair and service interruption.

It is recommended that on the day of the scheduled water interruption impacted customers:

  • Shut off hot and cold faucets and any equipment that requires water;
  • Store sufficient drinking water for the period of interruption;
  • Isolate the supply to hot water tanks;
  • If not isolated, avoid running hot water as impurities could be drawn into the hot water tank and may cause problems with its operation;
  • Fill a bathtub or other large container with water to use for toilet flushing and only flush when absolutely necessary; and
  • Use anti-bacterial hand sanitizer for hand washing.

After the repair work is complete, RDCO staff will flush the affected portion of the distribution system to remove any impurities which may have entered during construction. Following the interruption and after water supply has been restored, it is recommended that affected customers run a cold water tap until the water runs clear.

Once the repair is completed, a precautionary water quality advisory will be in place for the affected properties. It’s recommended, the elderly, newborns and those with weakened immune systems or wishing additional protection should boil for at least one minute, water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.

If you have any questions regarding the interruption contact engineering services at 250-469-6241 or email engineer@rdco.com.

The Regional District operates six water systems serving more than 1,000 properties in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas. For more information visit rdco.com/water or contact engineering services.

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