FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2017
City of West Kelowna crews will be performing water main flushing in the Lakeview System over the next several days in anticipation of the removal of the Water Quality Advisory that is currently in place for this distribution network (see interactive map below).
Signage will be posted in areas where crews are flushing water mains. Flushing involves running water at a high velocity to remove accumulated sediment from the pipes. Lakeview System users may experience discoloration in the water while flushing is underway. Should residents notice discoloration after flushing is completed in an area, they are advised to turn on their cold tap until the water runs clear.
A Water Quality Advisory has been in place since September 7, 2017 due to higher than normal turbidity in the Rose Valley Reservoir which feeds the Lakeview System. The city conducts ongoing monitoring of the Lakeview System and has observed a decrease in turbidity and will advise the public as soon as the Water Quality Advisory can be removed.
The current Water Quality Advisory recommends that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone wishing to seek additional protection, bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, or use an alternate, safe source. (A bulk water station remains open at Shannon Lake and Asquith Roads; residents need to bring their own clean containers to fill water at the facility.)
The city is currently designing a new multi-barrier water treatment facility for the Rose Valley Reservoir. Once construction is complete in 2019, the plant will meet national and provincial drinking water guidelines, as required by the Interior Health Authority. The plant will initially serve the Lakeview System, but will eventually provide water to the entire northern half of the City of West Kelowna, after planned future connections to West Kelowna Estates, Sunnyside and Pritchard Systems are completed.