Water quality advisory issued for West Kelowna Estates System

A water quality advisory has been issued in the Central Okanagan for the West Kelowna Estates System.

On Saturday, May 9, the City of West Kelowna issued the advisory, saying it was effective immediately and will stay in place until further notice.

The advisory is due to higher-than-normal turbidity, caused by sediment from spring runoff flowing into Okanagan Lake.

The city said the advisory does not affect the Lakeview and Rose Valley, Pritchard and Sunnyside systems, nor the Powers Creek and Westbank systems.

The city added that a safe alternate source of water is available at the bulk filling station at Shannon Lake and Asquith Roads.

The water is free throughout the duration of the water quality advisory, but that residents must bring their own clean bottles for filling. The tap is located on the Asquith Road side of the station.

The city says in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, crews have installed a touch-free system for filling bottles at the station. It also said residents should maintain a safe social distance of two metres between themselves and all other users.

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