Water Quality Advisory

Water Quality Advisory

July 10, 2018

Arsenic has been detected in our water supply, at a concentration slightly above the maximum allowable concentration (MAC) as per Health Canada guidelines. There may be health risks associated with consuming the water. As a result, we are issuing a water quality advisory (WQA). This advisory will not be lifted until water samples show arsenic levels below the maximum allowable concentration for a period of time. There is no risk from showering or bathing

Although we have had occasional results over the guideline of .01 mg/l in the past, our average level has been below the guideline. At the end of May, we had a test result that was close to the guideline, .009 mg/l. As a result, Interior Health, that monitors our testing, suggested we re-sample. We did another test at the end of June. That result was slightly above the guideline, .011 mg/l.

We have discussed these test results with our Environmental Health Officer at Interior Health. They would like us to continue to do regular sampling to see if these results are part of a trend. In the meantime, we are sending out this advisory, so that residents are aware of the situation. We are including two informational links from the federal and provincial governments. We will keep you advised of further test results.

If you have any questions, please call the HID office at 250 292-8637 or me directly at 250 245-3311. The informational links listed below will be posted on the HID website and on the HID bulletin board.

Yours truly,

Richard Tarnoff

Water System Operator

https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/migration/hc-sc/hl-vs/alt_formats/pacrb-dgapcr/pdf/iyh-vsv/environ/arsenic-eng.pdf

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/hlbc/files/documents/healthfiles/hfile49c.pdf

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