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Turbidity places Riondel under water quality advisory

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May 22nd, 2011

The Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a water quality advisory for water users on the Riondel Water System.

The advisory is due to high turbidity (cloudiness) associated with spring runoff.
The RDCK and Interior Health recommend children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative.

For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.

Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean, covered container. Customers could also choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device.

Representatives of public facilities are requested to post water Qquality advisories at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off).

As opportunities arise, employees at these facilities must also advise their clientele verbally of the water quality advisory.

The RDCK is taking additional measures to reduce risk. Interior Health has been fully involved, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved.

If you have any questions please contact the RDCK at 250-352-6665 or check out www.rdck.bc.ca.

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