Everyone in Kimberley is asked to boil their water prior to use.
The City of Kimberley and Interior Health have issued a boil water notice for users in the community, as the City says the spring run-off has made municipal tap water "cloudy" or turbid.
With the water quality being considered "poor", the City of Kimberley says health risks have risen, paticularly for at-risk populations like seniors, babies, and those with weakened immune systems.
"Contaminants such as viruses, bacteria and parasites can attach themselves to the suspended particles in turbid water. These particles can then interfere with disinfection, limiting chlorine’s ability to remove or inactivate the contaminants," reads a statement from the City.
Everyone in Kimberley is asked to bring boiled water or use a safe alternative like bottled water for the time being.
Any tap water intended for drinking, washing or making food, bathing, or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute prior to use.
Owners of public facilities must post Boil Water Notices at all sinks and drinking fountains that are accessible to the public, and employees must verbally inform their customers of the boil water notice.
"The City of Kimberley is taking additional measures to reduce risk. Interior Health has been fully involved and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved."
Any questions or concerns can be directed to the City of Kimberley on their website or by phoning 250-427-9660.
- David Opinko / with files from City of Kimberley