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VERNON, BC: NINE-YEAR BOIL WATER ADVISORY FINALLY COMES TO AN END
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Sunnybrae neighbourhood residents in Vernon, B.C. are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief after a boil water advisory (BWA) in place for nine years was lifted May 25.
The story of the near-decade long BWA started in 2011 when the owner of the water system walked away leaving the community to deal with inadequate fire flows and failing infrastructure.
The community's inexperience was made more difficult by a water system that had issues. Added to that was provincial ownership of the system from 2011 to 2016.
"What happens in those cases is that it gets bound up in legalities," explained Paul Demenko, director of electoral area C. "It was being maintained by some of the residents who were trying to do their best but none of them were water engineers. When we finally got it released by the province there was quite a bit of work to do."
A new inlet had to be replaced that he thinks contributed to the BWA. He also believes there was some issue with sedimenation that impaired the disinfection of water.
Demenko estimates modernizing the system cost $1.9 million.
In 2016, Sunnybrae property owners approved the Columbia Shuswap Regional District's acquisition of the water system and upgrades that in addition to the water intake included a new treatment plant and pump building, an ultraviolet disinfection and chlorination system, new pumps and a SCADA remote monitoring system.
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