UPDATED: Drinking City of Nelson water back to being okay — except in Fort Sheppard area
The City of Nelson, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority, has recinded the water quality advisory for residents in the Heritage City — except for Fort Sheppard Drive.
The announcement was made Thursday after turbidity levels returned to normal levels.
However, in the Fort Sheppard Drive area of the city, turbidity levels remain high due to watermain construction, forcing the City of Nelson and Interior Health to issue a boil water advisory.
City staff said throughout the period of the recent advisory, which began June 2, residents may have experienced some cloudiness but water tests have been good.
Anyone with more information can contact the Public Works Department at 250-352-8238.
City staff, IH issues water quality advisory for Nelson
The City of Nelson, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority, is issuing a water quality advisory for the City of Nelson until further notice.
Recent testing shows that current water qualities in the Nelson water supply are fair due to recent spring run-off events, which have resulted in increased turbidity or cloudiness.
Interior Health recommends that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone seeking additional protection, drink boiled water or a safe alternative.
For these at-risk populations, 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.
The City of Nelson is taking additional measures to reduce risk and apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate cooperation and patience during this time.
Interior Health has been fully involved, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved.
For more information or concerns call the City of Nelson’s Public Works Department at 250-352-8238.