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Burton water downgraded to water quality advisory

By Contributor
October 24th, 2013

Recent sampling results indicate that Burton no longer requires a Boil Water Notice.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has instead issued a lower-level Water Quality Advisory.

On September 27th, a sample result indicated a reoccurrence of total coliforms. The total coliforms are believed to be a result of stale water due to reservoir cycling concerns.

The RDCK has since flushed the system, emptied the reservoir, and has added temporary residual disinfection. Sampling has since been done weekly and there have not been any more adverse results.

Staff are planning upgrades near the reservoir within the next several weeks to improve water quality. The Water Quality Advisory is being issued because of the risk of reoccurrence of total coliforms. It is anticipated that the advisory will be lifted once the upgrades have been completed.

While health risks are now considered low, the RDCK and Interior Health recommend that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing fruits or vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.

If you have any questions please contact the RDCK at 250-352-6665 or check out our website at

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