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RDCK dials back Balfour Water System to 'Boil Water Notice'

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
December 19th, 2013

Good news for Balfour water users.

The leak in the system has been repaired so residents are no longer subject to a Boil Water Notice.

The Regional District has instead issued a lower-level Water Quality Advisory.

The Boil Water Notices was issued Tuesday (December 17th), when operational staff discovered a leak in the water main supplying the treatment plant. During the repairs, source water was chlorinated only and not fully treated.

The RDCK will be flushing the system and will remove the Water Quality Advisory if sampling results prove favorable over the next several weeks.

When a Water Quality Advisory is in place, the RDCK and Interior Health recommend that vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection consume boiled water or a safe alternative.

This advisory differs from a Boil Water Notice in which all customers need to boil their water.

Questions, residents should call the RDCK at 250-352-6665 or check out our website at

Boil Water advisory for Balfour residents due to supply leak

A supply leak at the Balfour Water System has led to a “Boil Water Advisory” for residents said a Regional District of Central Kootenay press release.

The RDCK said this is a temporary preventative measure to protect water users from the unacceptable risks of waterborne disease.

All water used for human consumption must be brought to a rapid boil and continue to boil for at least one minute.

All public buildings and commercial establishments will require bottled or otherwise acceptably treated water as a temporary measure.

Residents are advised that the water supply is disrupted therefore residents should conserve water. Water should be used for essential domestic purposes only.

Supply leak forces RDCK to impose ‘conserve water’ order on Balfour residents

A supply leak to the supply line to the water treatment plant in Balfour has forced the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)  to ask residents of to conserve water until further notice.

The leak was discovered Tuesday morning (December 17) operational staff responded to a leak in the supply line to the water treatment plant.

Crews are currently working on repairing this leak as quickly as possible. However, we are reliant on a limited amount of stored water until repairs are completed.

If the leak cannot be repaired quickly, there is a strong possibility of disruption in water service.

RDCK staff anticipate water service will return to normal in the next 24 hours but recommend residents store water in a covered container in the refrigerator for use if there is a disruption of service.

The RDCK appreciates all efforts by residents to conserve water to reduce demand on the water system. The RDCK also requests that residents limit non-essential water use during this time and apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time.

Questions, residents should call the RDCK at 250-352-6665 or check out our website at



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