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Boil water advisory issued for residents near Bear Creek

A water quality advisory has been issued for residents of Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates as a precaution by the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO).

The advisory affects properties connected to the two separate community water systems servicing subdivisions off Westside Road. Residents are being asked to conserve water and not to use it unnecessarily. Reservoirs are not able to be replenished as they would normally because the power is off in the area.

"Interior Health has been contacted and while the health risk is modest and no bacteria have been found in any of the water tested from the systems, Regional District staff recommends that as a precaution that Killiney Beach and Westshore water customers follow Interior Health guidelines, especially for those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children and those wishing additional precautions,” said Communications Officer Bruce Smith. “All water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.”

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As a result of the ongoing power situation related to the Bear Creek fire, water quality may be compromised and that could impact children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems.

This precautionary water quality advisory affecting the systems will continue until further notice.

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