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A Water Quality Advisory (WQA) is still in effect for the townspeople of Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia.

High Turbidity in the village's water source, Forster's Creek had the potential to overwhelm their water treatment system, so the advisory was placed on August 23 as a precaution.

All 776 of Radium Hot Spring's residents are affected.

According to a news report update on the village's website, "This turbidity, or suspended particulate matter, is primarily composed of rock flour, which originates from the five glaciers that feed into the creek."

"It is simply a water quality advisory that was placed on our distribution system due to a high turbidity event that hit our plant," said Mark Read, Chief Administrative Officer for the Radium Hot Springs, "Conditions have been improving. The plant is now dealing with the additional turbity which has gone down."

The update on the website pointed out that the water treatment plant is handling the high concentrations of sediment very well, and the treated water leaving the water treatment plant is meeing the Interior Health standards for turbidity.

They are continuing to provide full disinfection of the drinking water with both ultraviolet light and chlorination.

That being said, turbidity levels within the water line distribution system remain high and will continue to do so until the water lines are flushed and residual sediment that has accumulated is removed.

Read went on to say that the village's water treatment engineers are in the process of flushing water mains this week and he's confident that one that's completed, the advisory will lift. He thinks that should occur by this Friday (September 1).

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