April 10, 2018

Customers advised to minimize water use

The South East Kelowna Irrigation District is advising residents to minimize water use to prevent high turbidity water from entering their homes. A BOIL WATER NOTICE remains in effect for users on the surface water system. The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice.

Why has this update been issued?

The high snowpack and saturated slopes in the Hydraulic Creek Canyon has resulted in extremely unstable slopes above the creek. These conditions have led to land/mudslides into the creek resulting in very high turbidity in our source water. District staff and trustees will be touring the watershed to try to determine the source of the debris and take any available action to minimize the impact on water quality.

Who is affected by this notice?

This notice applies to all residents receiving water from the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. Hall Road residents who receive well water from the O’Reilly Road well are also affected as any interruption in the well water supply will result in surface water being supplied to the area.

What should the public do?

Residents are advised to minimize water use to prevent turbid water from entering their homes and appliances. Once turbidity returns to seasonal norms residents should follow manufacturer’s guidelines for flushing and care and maintenance of their appliances.

During a boil water notice, tap water used for drinking, brushing teeth, or rinsing ready-to-eat-foods should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute.

How long will the Boil Water Notice last?

The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice. The unusually high snow pack this winter could result in poor water quality for some time. Spring runoff is also affected by other factors such as rain and temperature. Updates, when available, will be posted on the website at www.sekid.ca

Kelowna residents unsure of who their water supplier is can get this information by going to www.kjwc.org and using the “who is my water supplier” tool.

CONTACT:                South East Kelowna Irrigation District                       

                                    250 861-4200