Lower Balfour will be on Boil Water Notice starting Monday, July 9 due to planned water service interruptions

Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will be issuing a Boil Water Notice starting on Monday, July 9, 2018 for users in lower Balfour due to work being done for watermain tie-ins. The notice will be issued as a preventative measure, because of the potential for the backflow of contaminants to enter the water system due to pressure loss.

The Boil Water Notice will be in effect for all properties located in lower eastern part of Balfour, including: properties on Highway 3A east of Balfour Wharf Road, Balfour Wharf Road, Balfour Ferry Road and Busk Road area (including side roads Glady Road, Madeline Road, Robert Road, Charles Road, Westley Road, Queen’s Road, and Beach Street, Adams Street, and Meadow Street).

Watermain tie-ins are required to replace old and fragile infrastructure in portions of the water system as part of the upgrade project. The Boil Water Notice is being issued in conjunction with planned water service interruptions—July 9 for properties on Balfour Wharf Road, and July 10and 11 for properties on Balfour Ferry Landing Road and in the Busk Road area.

The RDCK and Interior Health recommend that all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative from July 9 until further notice. Water intended for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute. Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean, covered container. Customers could also choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device. 

Owners of all public facilities must post a BOIL WATER NOTICE at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off). As opportunities arise, they must also advise their clientele verbally of the BOIL WATER NOTICE.

The RDCK is taking measures to reduce risk; additional testing will be completed and the public will be notified when water quality is confirmed safe for consumption.  In order to remove the Boil Water Notice test results must indicate that there is no presence of coliform bacteria over a specified time period.

As we work with our contractors to improve the Balfour Water System, we thank Balfour water users for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information contact the RDCK at 250-352-8171 or visit our website at www.rdck.ca/water.

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For media enquires, please contact:
Shari Imada, Environmental Services Coordinator
Tel: 250-352-8192, 1-800-268-7325 (Office)
Email: simada@rdck.bc.ca

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