In response to increased turbidity in Okanagan Lake, and under the direction of the Interior Health Authority, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is issuing a Boil Water Notice for the entire Naramata water system.

Debris has entered Okanagan Lake from the fast flowing tributaries feeding into the lake and turbidity levels have reached 5 NTU. The Interior Health Authority’s Turbidity Index requires that water purveyors with unfiltered surface water sources issue, a Boil Water Notice when turbidity levels exceed 5 NTU.

The Boil Water Notice will remain in effect until further notice.

Residents are advised to use a safe alternate source of water or to boil water for all drinking, oral hygiene and food preparation/cooking purposes. Water should be brought to a full boil and allowed to boil for at least 1 minute to reduce the risk of infection from pathogens that may be found in the water.

The RDOS would also like to remind all business owners/operators (bed and breakfasts) and public facilities operators that it is the responsibility of said establishments to notify their customers of the Boil Water Notice.

For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at (250) 490-4106 or (250) 490- 4135.