Reminder – Water Quality Advisory in effect for Burton Water System

Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) would like to remind users on the Burton Water System that a WATER QUALITY ADVISORY, issued January 12, 2017, remains in effect. This reminder is being issued because low levels of Coliform bacteria were detected in recent samples. Sodium hypochlorite will be added to the system for disinfection and the water lines will be flushed. A temporary chlorinator will be installed and will run for the next few weeks.

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


For further information, please contact:

Jason McDiarmid, Manager of Utility Services
250-352-8169, 1-800-268-7325 (Office)
250-352-1504 (24 hour emergency number)

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