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A Water quality advisory has been issued by British Columbia's Interior Health Authority (IHA) for the community of Pritchard BC.

The advisory was issued on February 2 after two regular water samples indicated positive results for total coliforms, which are indicators of biological contamination.

According to information provided by IHA, a test on January 25, 2018 showed the presence of one total coliform and a follow up test performed on February 1 indicated the presence of six total coliforms.

The community, which is located approximately 50km east of Kamloops, sources their water from the South Thompson River and disinfects it using sodium hypochlorite.

This advisory affects 25 connections, which serve about 75 residents.

"The water systems are responsible for providing safe water," said Diana Tesic-Nagalingam, Environmental Health Officer for IHA, "A minimum of two clean samples a minimum of 24 hours apart are required for the notice to be lifted, as well as corrective actions."

Tesic-Nagalingam added that the Pritchard Waterworks District, which is operated by the Thompson Nicola Regional District, is working closely with a third party company to address any potential technical issues and to reinstigate good bacteriological water sampling practices.

Water quality advisories are issued for lower risk water quality problems where the conditions do not warrant a boil water notice or do-not-use water notice.

Individuals who are at risk, such as the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems should find an alternate source for water or boil their water.


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