Water Quality

 

McKinley Landing Water System Water Quality Advisory (WQA) has been RESCINDED

Only for water users within the McKinley Landing Area Including all properties on Shayler Rd, Pl & Crt and the McKinley Beach Development areas of Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID)

In consultation with Interior Health Authority (IHA), the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has rescinded the McKinley Landing Water System WQA issued on May 18, 2017.

Please be advised that ongoing monitoring and disinfection is being maintained throughout the GEID distribution system.

 

Effective immediately, Monday, July 31, 2017, the Ellison Boil Water Notice

has been DOWNGRADED to a Water Quality Advisory

 

In consultation with the Interior Health Authority, the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has downgraded the Ellison BOIL WATER NOTICE (BWN) issued on March 19, 2017 to a Water Quality Advisory (WQA).  The WQA applies to approximately 175 rural Ellison properties.  

The affected area includes all properties serviced by GEID which are located east of Old Vernon Road, including all areas north of Anderson Road.  This also includes the Country Rhodes and Country View Estates Stratas.

An ongoing WQA has been in place for those properties serviced by GEID located at 4451 to 4563 Postill Drive, 5981 Old Vernon Road, Country Rhodes Strata at 6100 Old Vernon Road, Country View Estates at 6400 Spencer Road, Dry Valley Road and Gale Road. 

 

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WATER QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT - ONGOING

A WQA remains in effect for all properties serviced by GEID in the Glenmore and Ellison areas; no advisory is in effect for properties serviced by the McKinley Landing water system.

Any properties under a WQA have water that is considered FAIR due to elevated turbidity (cloudiness in the water). For FAIR ratings, IHA recommends that children (0-12yrs), the elderly (65+yrs) and people with weakened immune systems boil their water for one minute or seek a safe alternative. 

Owners of public facilities must post Water Quality Advisories at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off). As opportunities arise, they must also advise their clientele verbally of the WQA.

Please be advised that ongoing monitoring and disinfection is being maintained throughout the GEID distribution system. 

Water Quality and Testing

Tab to Water Quality Advisories for the levels of advisories currently in effect for your area.

Independent Laboratory testing

An independent, accredited laboratory completes the bacteriological testing for the Glenmore, Ellison and McKinley Landing  systems, while other parameters are tested in-house. Any adverse results are reported directly by the laboratory to Interior Health as well as to GEID. This additional reporting is a provincial requirement, and provides extra protection for our customers.

Turbidity Levels - August 14th, 2017

System

Turbidity

  Water Quality Rating

Glenmore (Okanagan Lake Source)
via McKinley Reservoir  (Online)

0.53 NTU

Fair
  Fair (Water Quality Advisory in effect)

Ellison (Mill Creek Source)
Current supply: Mill Creek Supplemental water from Airport Well #1 and #2.

1.34 NTU

 

f\poor
 Fair - (Water Quality Advisory in effect for all areas of Ellison).

McKinley Landing (OK Lake Raw)
Data from August 14th, 2017

0.54 NTU

fair
  

Glenmore and Ellison

Water quality is of utmost concern to GEID.  While the two original water systems for Ellison and Glenmore were built solely to supply farmers with much-needed water for agricultural crops in a dry climate, the present day demands must also ensure safe drinking water for GEID’s customers.   

GEID’s Water Quality Technician monitors and tests the water throughout the Glenmore-Ellison distribution system and also in the watershed.  Tests are conducted at approximately 27 sites throughout the system, including raw water, treated water, and from various locations such as reservoirs and endpoints of the distribution system.  The tests include a variety of parameters such as chlorine residual, temperature, colour, turbidity, total coliforms and E. coli.  Some tests are completed daily, while others such as bacteriological testing are conducted on a weekly basis.  GEID reports NTU levels below.

Separate Test Results and Trihalomethane Results for Glenmore and Ellison are provided below.   Please ensure you click on the correct attachment.

Glenmore Water Quality Results - Comprehensive WQ Glenmore Sept 2016.pdf

Glenmore Trihalomethane Results - Trihalomethane Glenmore  2016.pdf

Ellison Water Quality Results

In general, the Ellison/Dry Valley areas are supplied by wells during the November - May season.  During the irrigation season, these areas are supplied by creek water.  

Comprehensive Results for the wells - Comprehensive Water Qual Wells-Ellison 2016.pdf

Comprehensive Results for the creek - Comprehensive Water Qual Creek - Ellison 2016.pdf

Ellison Trihalomethane Results -  Trihalomethane Ellison 2016.pdf

 

McKinley Landing

The McKinley water system is a residential water system originally privately operated as the McKinley Landing Waterworks System.  GEID acquired the system in 2004.   GEID monitors and tests the water for this system at four sites including the reservoirs at Arthur Rd. and Shayler Rd.  Tests include a variety of parameters such as chlorine residual, temperature, colour, turbidity, total coliforms and E. coli.  Some tests are completed daily, while others such as bacteriological testing are conducted on a weekly basis.  GEID reports NTU levels below.

Water Quality Results and Trihalomethane Results for this system are provided below:

Water Quality Results - Comprehensive WQ McKinley Ldg Sep 2016.pdf

Trihalomethane Results -  Trihalomethane McKinley Ldg 2016.pdf

 

General Information on the Long-Standing Water Quality Advisory for Glenmore and Ellison customers

GEID has been under a continuous WQA since 2006 due to fluctuations in turbidity readings between 1 - 5 NTU.   

IH recommends that children (0-12yrs), the elderly (65+yrs) and people with weakened immune systems boil their water for one minute or seek a safe alternative.

Owners of public facilities must post Water Quality Advisories at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off).

GEID is continuing to closely monitor the system and will update our customers of any changes to water quality. 

The District apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause our customers.  Residents may scroll to Current Events/Okanagan Lake Project for information on the new pumpstation recently completed on OK Lake and now providing OK Lake water into the Glenmore distribution system. 

In addition, residents in Ellison may scroll to About/Ellison Distribution System for works that are being contemplated to improve the water quality in the Ellison area.