Users of the Cedar Heights Water System are advised that a Boil Water Notice has been placed on the system effective September 14, 2022.
The notice has been issued in consultation with Interior Health due to higher than acceptable levels of bacteria in recent water samples.
Bacteria levels can be increased in surface water sources due to seasonal weather changes causing excessive surface runoff, flooding or lake turnover.
As a result, a Boil Water Notice has been issued for users of the Cedar Heights Water System until further notice. The system is located in Blind Bay in Electoral Area C (South Shuswap)
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.
In order to remove the Boil Water Notice, the water system must have two water samples, taken a few days apart, both showing safe levels. CSRD will re-sample tomorrow (Thursday) and into next week to determine when the Boil Water Notice can be lifted.
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.