Water Quality

 

McKinley Landing Water System Water Quality Advisory (WQA)

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 accordance with Interior Health Authority guidelines, Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has issued a WQA for residents in the McKinley Landing area effective 12pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017. This advisory does not affect residents in the Glenmore, Quail Ridge, UBCO, Dry Valley Road, or Ellison reas, who remain under a WQA. The Ellison area remains under a Boil Water Notice (BWN) due to elevated turbidity levels > 5 NTU. GEID has been monitoring turbidity levels during the spring freshet and provides current turbidity levels on our website: www.glenmore-ellison.com.

Due to an increase in the Okanagan Lake / Dewdney Rd Pump Station turbidity > 1 NTU, extra precautions should be taken for the residents in McKinley Landing until the WQA is removed.

More information can be found under the Water Advisories tab. 

BOIL WATER NOTICE issued March 10, 2017 for all of the Ellison Area

In consultation with the Interior Health Authority, the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE (BWN) for all water users within the Ellison service area. 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.

More information can be found under the Water Advisories tab. 

GEID’s customers will be notified when the BOIL WATER NOTICE is rescinded. 

 

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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 - June 13th-14th, 2017

System

Turbidity

  Water Quality Rating

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

0.49 NTU

Fair
  Fair (Water Quality Advisory in effect)

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

2.72 NTU

 

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

 
McKinley Landing (OK lake Raw)
NTU as of today May 29th, 2017. (Water Quality Advisory in effect.)

 

1.81 NTU

fair
  Fair - (Water Quality Advisory in effect)

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.