Boil water notice rescinded for Oyama Lake water source

Water quality advisory now in place for children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems

A boil water notice has been lifted for the Oyama Lake water source.

The District of Lake Country has downgraded the boil water notice  to a water quality advisory  for turbidity.

“We are pleased to report that recent upgrades to the Oyama Lake source, including a new chlorination facility and reservoir, have resulted in improved reliability and water quality,” said Greg Buchholz, operations manager.

Health risks increase as turbidity rises, particularly for at-risk populations such as newborns, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

Contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites can attach themselves to the suspended particles in turbid water. These particles can then interfere with disinfection, limiting chlorine’s ability to remove or inactivate the contaminants.

The water quality advisory means that for children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, water should be boiled for one minute for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice and brushing teeth.