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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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Asvisory of the Day



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A small water system in British Columbia's interior is on a boil water advisory due to unsatisfactory water quality.

The Missezula Lake Waterworks District (MLWD) has been under the advisory since September 29 with microbiological issues being the cause provided by British Columbia's Interior Health agency.

The community, located at the south end of the 4km long Missezula Lake, is primarily frequented by those using it for recreational activities in the summer.

"Approximately 200 households are affected by this boil water advisory,"said Interior Health's Environmental health team in an email,to this reporter "However, it is worth noting this is a highly seasonal community and it is estimated roughly 95 per cent of the community's residents are currently away for the fall/winter."

As of publication, Interior Health has told us that an investigation is taking place at the water source to determine what has occurred.

In the meantime, steps to remedy the issue and follow up testing are currently underway as well.

At this time, it's unclear as to when the advisory will be lifted.

The main water source for MLWD is Missezula Lake. It is then gravity fed from an intake into an in-ground reservoir. Pumps are used to pressurize the water through the system and to the residential properties.

Leaks were discovered in the fall of 2013 at which point repairs to the infrastructure were made to reduce water losses. The water operator for MLWD did not respond to calls and messages.

As recently as May 4, there has been discussion of Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen buying MLWD. The district currently owns nine other water systems across south central British Columbia.

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