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City of Nelson issues Water Quality Advisory

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 9th, 2018

In a media release Wednesday, the City of Nelson issued a Water Quality Advisory for all water users in the Heritage City.

The decision was made in consultation with the Interior Health Authority.

“Ongoing testing indicates that the current water quality in the Nelson water supply is fair due to recent spring run-off events, which have resulted in increased turbidity or cloudiness in the drinking water,” said Chris Gainham, Manager of Municipal Services in the media release.

The release said Interior Health recommends that 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,” the release said. “Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean, covered container.”

City staff said residents could also choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device.

The City of Nelson 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.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time,” Gainham said.

For more information go to the City of Nelson website or Interior Health.

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