Boil water notice in Oyama
Sep 25, 2013 / 7:49 pm
Lake Country has upgraded from a Water Quality Advisory to a Boil Water Notice on the Oyama Lake water source. Test results returned today on water quality samples taken Tuesday, September 24th, showed the presence of bacteriological indicator organisms routinely tested to ensure water is safe and potable – including e.coli.
With the efficiency of the new integrated water system in Lake Country, water technicians were able to immediately switch the system over to the Kalamalka Lake water source yesterday. Kalamalka Lake UV treated high quality water is already through the distribution system for the Oyama Lake source service area.
“We are taking this very seriously,” said Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering & Operations. “Due to the numerous rain events in the past week the resulting decrease in water quality has made the chlorine residual a challenge to maintain, so we have been monitoring the water quality frequently and increasing the dosage of chlorine. However, because it takes 24 hours to get test results we feel it is crucial to issue an immediate Boil Water Notice to everyone on the system.”
There are approximately 270 properties in the affected area and sensitive customers on the District’s registry have been notified personally by phone and email. Regular showering and irrigation should flush the old water from service lines and dead spots; and the treated Kalamalka Lake water is already throughout the system.
“We will continue to closely monitor the water quality and will update our report tomorrow afternoon as soon as the lab results are available from samples collected from key points on the system today,” said Greg Buchholz, Operations Manager. “We urge residents that rely on the Oyama Lake source not to drink any water without boiling it first until otherwise notified; and anyone that is feeling ill should see their doctor immediately.”
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