Water Quality Advisory: Erickson

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) would like to remind water users that the WATER QUALITY ADVISORY issued on July 29th, 2016 remains in effect for the ERICKSON Water System as a precautionary measure. Water sampling of the Erickson open treated water storage reservoir indicates the continued presence of low levels of Coliform and e.Coli bacteria. Water sampling in the distribution system, including the nearest residence, indicates that water quality is good at the time and location of testing.

The Arrow Creek Water Treatment Plant operates 24-hours a day and water in the distribution system is blended with a small amount of water from the open storage reservoir during periods of high water demand. This blended water appears to have good chlorine residual which should result in bacteriological disinfection. The Water Quality Advisory does not apply to the Town of Creston as chlorine residuals are good entering the Town supply and there is good chlorine contact time for disinfection to all Town customers.

While health risks are considered low, the RDCK recommends 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). They must also advise their clientele verbally of the WATER QUALITY ADVISORY.

The RDCK is taking measures to reduce risk including addition of sodium hypochlorite to the open reservoir as required and ongoing water sampling and testing. The public will be notified when water quality in the open reservoir has improved and the Water Quality Advisory has been rescinded.  In order to rescind the Water Quality Advisory, test results must indicate no presence of Coliform bacteria or e.Coli bacteria over a period of time.

For more information and frequently asked questions about water quality contact visit our website at www.rdck.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

Jason McDiarmid, Manager of Utility Services
250-352-8169, 1-800-268-7325 (Nelson Office)

The content on this page was last updated September 28 2016 at 11:04 AM