Boil Water Advisory for Riondel
Riondel is the latest water system to be placed under a boil water advisory by the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
Increased seasonal turbidity, or cloudiness, has put the water system into the “poor” category Uli Wolf, General Manager of Environmental Services for the RDCK said in a statement Thursday.
“Health risks increase as turbidity rises, particularly for at-risk populations such as young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune system,” Wolf added.
“Contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites can attach themselves to the suspended particles in turbid water. These particles can interfere with disinfection, limiting chlorine’s ability to remove or inactivate the contaminants.”
Earlier this year the RDCK placed users of the Fauquier Water System on the same Boil Water Advisory.
RDCK and Interior Heath recommend that all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice.
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.
The advisory is special for owners of all public facilities, who must post a boil water notice at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off).
Questions should be directed to RDCK at 250-352-6665 or website at www.rdck.bc.ca.