Thursday, November 10, 2016

Regional District of North Okanagan announces water interruptions

Protecting Kal water 
by Kate Bouey - CASTANET Nov 10, 2016 / 12:39 pm
Work begins in Kalamalka Lake next week to lessen turbidity and protect the water source from invasive mussels. Greater Vernon Water has issued a notice to customers on the Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant/Kalamalka Lake water source that it will be shut down on Nov. 16 to accommodate the extension of the water intake. An additional 75 metres of pipe is expected to be added to the line into the lake, extending the piping to 325 metres. It is hoped the extension will lessen turbidity when the water is pumped into residences. As well, some of the $385,000 being spent on the project will be used to add a chlorine line to get ready for quagga and zebra mussels which can clog up pipes. Such a line can significantly reduce the growth of mussels, according to a water official. The planned project will take approximately two weeks to complete. For the duration, all Greater Vernon Water customers will be switched to the Duteau Water Treatment Plant. Customers who are not normally on Duteau water will notice that the water is much softer and has a low alkalinity and pH. Staff are advising people with in-home water treatment systems or aquariums to take note.

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