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A Boil Water Notice has been placed on a United Church camp in Nelson, British Columbia.

Camp Koolaree, which sits on 137 acres on the west arm of Kootenay Lake, had unacceptable microbiological results from tests performed on their water supply on July 25.

BC Interior Health in an email to this reporter, confirmed that the results showed 6 counts of E.Coli and 22 of total coliform.

They have been advised to inspect the water system and following that, they will be expected to super-chlorinate and flush it accordingly.

"We have a chlorine injector and water storage tanks and the issue was one of the rings on the injector had malfunctioned," said Peter Herd, President of the Camp Koolaree Society, "It's been replaced and repaired."

According to BC Interior Health, " Two consecutive water sample results with zero E.Coli and zero total coliform taken at least 24 hours apart are required to remove the BWN."

Herd said that the first sample was sent Monday and they will be sending another tomorrow.

In the meantime the camp will be responsible for providing their staff and campers, which number around 35 in total this week, with an alternate source for the duration of the boil water notice. They will also berequired to put up adequate signage to ensure no one accidentally ingests potentially contaminated water.

There is one water fountain in a field without signage but Herd said that the supply to it has been cut off until the notice is rescinded.

In addition to boiling water, Camp Koolaree has plenty of 28 packs of 500ml bottles of water on hand.

The camp has not often been on boil water notice but there have been previous incidents in 2013 and 2015 based on single sample results of E.Coli.

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