West Kelowna water safe to drink again says city
After three months, a water quality advisory for thousands of homes in West Kelowna has been lifted.
On Tuesday, the city said in consultation with the Interior Health Authority, the advisory for the Lakeview water system was lifted as testing has indicated the turbidity levels have returned to acceptable levels both at the source—the Rose Valley reservoir—and within the distribution system.
Despite the lifting of the advisory, city officials said free water will continue to be offered at the city’s bulk water station at Asquith and Shannon Lake Roads until Dec. 31.
The advisory, affecting approximately 4,000 connections in areas including Lakeview Heights, Boucherie Centre, Shannon Woods, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Lake, was put in place in September due to abnormally high turbidity levels in the Rose Valley Reservoir.
It was extended as a result of maintenance activities within the distribution system.
Last year, the same water system endured a four-month water quality advisory.
During the advisories, system customers were urged to boil their tap water before drinking it, using it to wash or prepare food or brush teeth with it.
The city plans to build a $48 million water treatment plant for the system by 2020.
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