Increased demand in water supply may cause discolouration for Osoyoos residents

Water quality advisory

The Town of Osoyoos has issued a water quality advisory for residents on Tuesday, due to increased demand on their domestic water supply system.

The Town’s utility staff said they will be starting up other water sources.

"The Town of Osoyoos would like to make residents aware that they may notice some discolouration in their water over the next week or so."

With the start-up of this process, sediment can accumulate over time and rest on the bottom of water mains, which will be stirred up and become suspended inside the pipes. This is normal and the Town’s Utility staff will be:

  • Out flushing fire hydrants to remove that sediment.
  • Taking field water quality parameter samples.
  • Taking extra bacterial samples in areas that have been affected.

To help aid in this process the Town asks residents to take the following action if they notice discolouration in their water:

Run cold water in the bathtub for 10 – 20 minutes, which should allow appropriate time to flush out their service line to the home and remove any sediment.

If you are still having water quality concerns, please send an email to the Operational Services Department at [email protected]

Please state your name, contact number and civic address.

"We recognize that this can create an inconvenience and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this process," the town said.

"At this time, all water quality sampling on the domestic water supply system has come back with satisfactory results. We will continue to monitor the situation and make the public aware should there be any changes."

Meanwhile, in brighter local water news, a swimming advisory for Cottonwood Beach has been removed after an earlier E. coli warning.

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