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Water quality advisory for users of the Woodland Heights Water System in Taghum

By Contributor
October 7th, 2013

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

Woodland Heights is a subdivision located in Taghum, Electoral Area F between Nelson and South Slocan.

A recent sample has indicated the presence of total coliforms. Further water testing is in progress, the RDCK will provide an update to residents when the testing has been completed.

While health risks are 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.

Owners of all public facilities must post a water quality advisory at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off). As opportunities arise, they must also advise their clientele verbally of the water quality advisory.

The RDCK is planning to take additional measures to reduce risk including adding temporary consumption levels of chlorine and flushing the system. Interior Health has been involved, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved.

The RDCK apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. If you have any questions please contact the RDCK at 250-352-6665 or check out our website at

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