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SLOCAN VALLEY, BC: BOIL WATER ADVISORIES IN SMALL WATER SYSTEMS NO "BIG DEAL" IN BC INTERIOR
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Two community drilled well systems, about a kilometre apart in the Slocan Valley, both tested positive for coliforms on Friday. The affected communities sit on the west bank of the Kootenay river, in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.
Speaking on behalf of Interior Health (who test provided samples and issue the boil water notices), Karl Hardt explained that results from Playmor Utility Company Water System and Voykin Improvement District Water System show the presence of coliforms; bacteria which indicate the water may contain more harmful biological contaminants.
He explained the boil water advisory will only be lifted once two clean samples, taken 24 hours apart, have been provided by the owners of each respective system. In addition, the owners of each water system will have to show they have taken corrective action. He noted that as of Tuesday, Interior Health had not received reports of any illness.
Mr Hardt recommended that simply bringing the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute would be enough to address the current concerns.
As of Wednesday evening, Playmor Utility Company Water System could not be reached, and Voykin Improvement District Water System have not responded to our requests to get in touch.
However, a resident who is supplied by Voykin Improvement District Water System, told Water Today that boil water notices are not considered a "big deal" around the Kootenays and that "these things happen all the time", adding that "a lot of people drink the water anyway".
As both community wells are classified as small water systems, Mr Hardt explained the boil water notice will affect no more than 300 people in each community.
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