The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a boil water notice for users on the Lister Water System. The system is located in Lister, within RDCK Electoral Area B.
The boil water notice has been issued due to depleted reservoir levels resulting from an extended power outage. Depressurization of the water mains has occurred creating a potential for the backflow of contaminants to enter the water system.
Water users may experience brief water outages as reservoir levels are replenished and are asked to limit water use to essential use only for the next 24 hours (i.e. drinking water, food preparation, no irrigation, minimal laundry/sanitary).
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. Customers could also choose to use bottled or distilled water.
Owners of all public facilities must post a boil water notice 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 boil water notice.
The RDCK will be taking measures to reduce risk; water quality will be monitored and the public will be notified when the RDCK is able to lift the Boil Water Notice.
For more information contact the RDCK (250) 352-8192 or visit our website at www.rdck.ca/water.