Water advisory for Kelowna

The City of Kelowna has joined a long list of Okanagan communities in issuing a water quality advisory.

The advisory, issued Tuesday afternoon, affects all city water utility customers except for those served by the Swick Road intake.

The city says this is not a mandatory boil water notice, only that there is a modest health risk associated with consuming water.

The advisory was issued due to higher than normal turbidity levels at water intakes.

Those with weakened immune systems, chronic illnesses or people under 12 or over 65 may wish to boil tap water for a minute as a precaution.

“Interior Health has been notified and we will be monitoring turbidity levels at all city pump stations,” says Ed Hoppe, water quality and customer care supervisor.

"We are seeing high water levels and flows into Okanagan Lake. With that comes fine sediment that has raised the turbidity levels at our intakes marginally above drinking water guidelines. As a result, we have adjusted our UV disinfection and chlorine levels to ensure that we continue to maintain a clean, coliform bacteria free system.”

The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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