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Posted on: October 27, 2016

City to Flush Water Mains of Lakeview System

For Immediate Release
October 27, 2016

Beginning the week of October 31, the City of West Kelowna will start flushing the distribution mains within the Lakeview Water System.

Flushing involves running water at a high velocity through the mains to refresh the pipes and remove any sediment accumulated within them. While flushing is underway Lakeview System users may experience some additional discoloration in the water. Signage will be posted in areas where mains are being flushed and residents are asked to minimize their water consumption if possible when signs are posted. Should residents notice additional discoloration after flushing is completed in an area, they are advised to turn on their cold tap until the water runs clear.

Flushing will continue for several weeks weather permitting, and will resume in the spring if necessary.

Flushing is being conducted in anticipation of the eventual removal of the Water Quality Advisory that is currently in place for the Lakeview System due to higher than normal turbidity levels. The current Water Quality Advisory that is still in effect recommends that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone wishing to seek additional protection, bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, or use an alternate, safe source.

The City conducts ongoing monitoring of the Lakeview System and is observing a trend downwards in the level of turbidity in the water supply from the Rose Valley Reservoir. The City will advise the public as soon as the Water Quality Advisory is removed.

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