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UPDATE: Blind Bay water intake reopened, risk of contamination low

Water testing prompted by partially submerged houseboat.
The CSRD had asked users of the Cedar Heights Water System to conserve water as testing was being done to determine contamination risk from a partially submerged houseboat . (CSRD image)

Update: 12:30 p.m., Monday, July 24

The Colubia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) has reopened its intake for the Cedar Heights Water System.

“After consultation with Interior Health, the risk of any contamination to the Cedar Heights Water System is extremely low,” reads a 12 p.m. post on the CSRD’s Facebook page.

“Residents can go back to regular water use. Conservation of water and abiding by the CSRD’s sprinkling restrictions is encouraged, especially in light of hot, dry conditions.”

Original story

People in Blind Bay are being asked to conserve water due to possible contamination from a partially submerged houseboat.

The CSRD said the incident with the houseboat occurred Sunday, July 23, and, “out of an abundance of caution,” the Cedar Heights Water System intake would be shut down until water testing could be done Monday.

The CSRD said Monday morning that it was waiting on water testing results.

With water being drawn from the reservoir, water system users were asked to stop all sprinkling and restrict household water use as much as possible to help keep the reservoir at safe levels.

The Ministry of Environment was alerted about the incident.

A similar conservation plan was also put in place for the privately-run Shuswap Lake Estates water system.

“If you are on the Shuswap Lake Estates system, please direct all questions to them as the CSRD has no jurisdiction over that water system,” said the CSRD.

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Lachlan Labere

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