Boil-water order remains in effect in Heffley Creek

Heffley Creek Waterworks has been on a boil-water advisory since before Christmas, when tests first showed unacceptable microbiological results

There is no timeline for when a boil-water notice that is impacting as many as 500 people in the Heffley Creek area could be lifted, according to an Interior Health official.

Heffley Creek Waterworks has been on a boil-water advisory since before Christmas, when tests first showed unacceptable microbiological results.

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“They had a positive bacteriological count in one of their samples taken on Dec. 18,” Rob Birtles, the team lead of Interior Health’s drinking water program, told Kamloops This Week.

“That led to a review of the sample with the operator and a decision was made to issue a notice.”

Heffley Creek Waterworks runs off three active wells.

According to Birtles, it’s tough to say when the advisory may be lifted.

“It really depends on the issue at hand,” he said. “It could be a number of things and you need consecutive days of negative samples.”

Birtles said water systems across B.C. are tested regularly and notices are issued as required.

“In general terms, we have approximately 1,920 water suppliers in Interior Health and we will have approximately 500, plus or minus 100, on a boil-water advisory at any given time,” he said.

“So, is it common? It’s quite common.”

There are five other boil-water notices in the Heffley Creek area, each affecting small water systems serving less than 50 people.

Birtles said his program has been advocating in recent years for small volunteer-run water suppliers to merge with larger systems or turn over operations to the regional district.

“Volunteers burn out after a while,” he said.

© Kamloops This Week

 


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