The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a boil water notice for users on the West Robson Water System.
The notice was issued on Sept. 23 after water sampling test results indicated the presence of total coliforms (a group of bacteria that are naturally found on plants, soils, water, and in the intestines of humans and warm-blooded animals).
The system is located on Broadwater Road in the community of West Robson on the western border of Robson-Raspberry, within RDCK Electoral Area J. West Robson is downstream of the Hugh Keenlyside Dam on the Columbia River. It includes about 110 connections.
The RDCK and Interior Health recommend that all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice.
Water intended for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute. Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean, covered container.
Owners of all public facilities are required to post a boil water notice at all sinks or drinking fountains accessible to the public.
The RDCK says it will be taking measures to reduce risk and water quality will be monitored.
The public will be notified when the order is lifted.
For more information contact the RDCK (250) 352-8161 or visit our website at www.rdck.ca/water.