Users of the Sorrento Water System are advised that a Boil Water Notice has been placed on the system effective July 26, 2022.
The notice has been issued in consultation with Interior Health. A disruption in power in the area caused an outage with the UV water treatment process for the system. If disinfection is impaired, disease-causing micro-organisms may escape into the water distribution system, resulting in an increased risk of intestinal illness.
The water is still being treated with chlorine, however, due to the service disruption, a Boil Water Notice has been issued until two consecutive water samples can be tested and come back with safe levels.
As a result, a Boil Water Notice has been issued for users of the water system until further notice.
The CSRD and Interior Health advise that until further notice, all users of the water system are warned to:
- boil their water at a rapid boil for at least one minute; or
- add two (2) drops of fresh household bleach per litre of water; or
- Use an approved alternative source of potable water (bottled water).
These directions apply to all water used for drinking, food preparation (including ice and produce) and dental hygiene.
The CSRD will inform users once the Boil Water Notice has been removed.
For more information, contact the CSRD Utilities Department at 1.888.248.2773 or Interior Health at 250.851.7340.