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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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The Glenmore Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for the Ellison area in Kelowna, British Columbia.

The BWA was issued on March 10 by the GEID, one of five water purveyors servicing Kelowna.

According to GEID's General Manager, Ian Wilks, the BWA is a precautionary one.

"The weather's changing," Wilks said, "It's getting warmer and we're looking at doing water quality sampling tests and test for turbidity," adding, "As a precautionary and safety measure, we've issued the BWA."

Wilks was unable to provide exact numbers on how many people will be affected but gave an estimate of several hundred. He said it is going to affect the east side of old Vernon Road north of Anderson Road and that it includes country roads and the country view estate streets.

"It's a relatively small area of our district," Wilks said, "and it's less populated than Glenmore. It's more rural with lots of space between properties."

There is no definite date for the BWA to be taken down. Wilks said that they anticipate they will be in a position to remove the BWA soon, but can't say exactly when.

"We take it seriously and we're implementing quality management systems to check water quality," Wilks said.

In addition to the BWA in Ellison, there is a long standing water quality advisory (WQA) in Glenmore. The WQA has been in effect since 2006 due to elevated turbidity in the system.

According to Wilks, the major infrastructure upgrades the GEID has been undergoing should result in the WQA being removed quite soon.

Construction on a concrete treated water storage reservoir should be completed in the next couple months. Wilks said the plan is to have it done by summer.

The project is estimated to cost around $4 million.

This will work in conjunction with a brand new treatment facility that just finished being built in the fall of 2016. The GEID seem quite proud of it.

"This is a world class water treatment facility," Wilks said, "We're going to have ultra-violet and chlorination screening and treatment."

Just like the Ellison BWA, Wilks says that the Glenmore WQA is precautionary.

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