Water Quality

 

 

June 29, 2018

Effective Immediately the Ellison Area Boil Water Notice

has been DOWNGRADED to a Water Quality Advisory

 

In consultation with Interior Health Authority (IH), the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has downgraded the Ellison Boil Water Notice issued on May 7, 2018 to a Water Quality Advisory (WQA). This 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 and Country View Estates at 6400 Spencer Road.

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. See www.glenmoreellison.com for more detailed information.

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

 

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 - April 7th-8th, 2018

System

Turbidity

  Water Quality Rating

Glenmore and McKinley Landing (Okanagan Lake Source) Raw
 

0.82 NTU

Fair
  

Ellison 
Current supply: Mil Creek Raw
(Supplemental water from Airport Well 1 and 2)
 

20.0+ NTU

 

f\Poor
 Poor - (Boil Water  in effect for all areas of Ellison).

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 2017.pdf

Glenmore Trihalomethane Results - Trihalomethane Glenmore  2017.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 2017.pdf

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

Ellison Trihalomethane Results -  Trihalomethane Ellison 2017.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 2017.pdf

Trihalomethane Results -  Trihalomethane McKinley Ldg 2017.pdf