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Westshore water restored

Westshore water system users can go back to using their tap water.

A water quality advisory, in effect since Thursday, was removed Tuesday morning by the Regional District of Central Okanagan in consultation with Interior Health.

The advisory was originally issued after fears the Upper Mountain Reservoir may have been vandalized.

“The lab results from test samples of water taken from the Upper Mountain Reservoir distribution area confirmed no evidence that the water supply for almost 150 properties connected to the reservoir was contaminated," says RDCO communications officer, Bruce Smith.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused since the advisory was initiated last Thursday afternoon in response to vandalism our staff found at the reservoir.   When it comes to water safety, there’s no messing around and whenever any risk is identified we enact our emergency response procedures."

Smith says the water advisory was put into place until it could be confirmed the water supply had not been compromised.

He says someone cut the lock on a door heading to one of the reservoir pods but, after investigating it was determined there was no evidence of contamination.

The RDCO will also increase security by installing fencing around the reservoir site, which is in a remote area above the Westshore subdivision. 

"This unfortunate act of vandalism caused a major inconvenience for our customers and cost additional funds for staff to flush the system and in getting water samples tested.  We take water quality and protecting the water supply seriously and encourage anyone witnessing suspicious activity around our water facilities to contact the RCMP," says Smith.

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