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Water Today Title October 30, 2020

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This may be the last year the town of Osoyoos, B.C., population 5,000, has a six-month boil water advisory (BWA) affecting domestic water customers from April 1 to November 16. Customarily the BWA annually is from April to October.

The lengthy BWA is part of the town's water improvement project to supply municipal domestic water to 450 users in the Osoyoos Rural Area. The current phase of the five-phase project will construct 9.3 kilometres of water main to supply 132 users in the southern half of Irrigation District 8 that extends from the town to the U.S border. The estimated total cost of the first phase is $3.7 million. Osoyoos is located 400 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Rural area residents are supplied with domestic water by the town from two irrigation districts supplied from intakes in Osoyoos Lake.

The town's Operations manage, Jim Dinwoodie, said the long BWA is "erring on the side of caution" since the lake water even though chlorinated contains "bad bugs."

The project's main purpose is to ensure compliance with Interior Health Authority standards by supplying a separate source of domestic water in the rural area which will be supplied by ground water through Osoyoo's municipal water system.

The improvements are part of the $4 million two-year construction project financed with provincial and federal grants.


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