Protect your drinking water

As water tables continue to rise in the South Okanagan, officials are reminding residents on private drinking water and septic systems to stay vigilant and watch for contamination.

Flood waters may impact private drinking water and septic systems, the RDOS said in a news release Monday.

Drinking water that is contaminated by flood water should be boiled before use. If the water may contain chemical hazards, it should be avoided completely.

As for residents on septic systems, if you can flush your toilet, flood water has not impacted your septic tank or field. If a toilet cannot be flushed, the tank/field is saturated with water and should not be used.

“Do not pump septic tanks until surface and ground water recede or hydraulic pressure may push the septic tank out of the ground,” the RDOS says.

The system should not be used until water has receded to 90 cm below ground surface where the septic field is located.

Septic systems impacted by flood waters need to be assessed once the water recedes to check for damage. More information can be found here.

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