UPDATED: Raw sewage, algae reported in Okanagan Lake

The Okanagan Indian Band is asking all residents and visitors to refrain from entering into the north arm of Okanagan Lake until further notice

UPDATED: The previous report of raw sewage into Okanagan Lake has been assessed and the results indicate a combination of high organic material (sewage output), grass, leaves and burlap, sand and dead animals, and with the added high temperatures, an algae bloom.

The Okanagan Indian Band will continue to monitor the area and notes the algae bloom occurrence will be a common sight over the next week.

“At this time, there is not an odour and as the algae bloom becomes oxygenated, a distinct sulphur odour will be a natural release,” states the band.

A number of factors increase the presence of blue/green algae: Higher than normal temperatures, changing water levels and the increase of nutrients making their way into the watershed from fertilizers and sewage runoff.

Residents are urged not to go into the water or have contact with the water, do not drink the water and do not eat fish caught where there is a blue/green algae bloom.

*******************************************

A raw sewage alert has been issued for the north end of Okanagan Lake.

The Okanagan Indian Band’s emergency operations centre has received a report of a raw sewage discharge and the incident has been reported to the Ministry of Environment for investigation.

“The EOC is asking all residents and visitors to refrain from entering into the north arm of Okanagan Lake until further notice and to not consume surface waters drawn from Okanagan Lake,” states the release.

A specific location for the discharge has now been provided at this point.

The release goes on to say that raw sewage could contain E.coli, giardia, cryptosporidium, heptatis A, cholera and other diseases.

“Open cuts and wounds can become severely infected by contaminated water. Early symptoms from exposure to sewage water pollutins may include upset stomach, intestinal problems, headaches and other flu-like symptoms. For open wounds, watch for redness, swelling and soreness. You should seek medical attention if you suspect illness or infections.”

Just Posted

Kelowna and Lake Country popular stories from the week

The Capital News and Calendar highlight popular stories every Saturday afternoon

Cook kicks off byelection campaign in West Kelowna

The campaign office will be open seven days a week in the Westbank Shopping Centre

Kelowna students complete D.A.R.E. program

Students at Heritage Christian School received their certificates Friday

Dual-credit film program approved for Central Okanagan students

The Central Okanagan Public Schools is developing a program with the Vancouver Film School

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Disappointing turnout for Kelowna women’s march

The Kelowna Women’s March on Washington was held Saturday, Jan. 20

Lake Country Winter Blues Fest bigger and better in its second year

Organizer Ryan Donn says he’s already planning the 2019 edition

Rockets take down Royals

Kole Lind has four points and Jack Cowell scores twice as Rockets rebound from 7-2 loss at Seattle

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Most Read