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Cranbrook’s smelly drinking water pinned on heat and low water levels

Complaints about an odd odour and taste in the City’s water supply have been reported, which Cranbrook officials said is a regular concern for this time of year.

According to the City of Cranbrook, the taste and smell of the community’s drinking water is a result of the high temperatures and a drop in water levels at Phillips Reservoir.

However, the City said this is not a public health concern or a safety hazard.

“This situation is common in many drinking water reservoirs across North America. It is not a health concern if disinfection treatment systems continue to operate,” said Jason Perrault, Public Works Manager with the City of Cranbrook. “Our operations staff continue to conduct a robust water quality monitoring program and would inform the public if there were any health concerns related to water quality.”

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With little rain in the forecast, Cranbrook remains on Phase 2 water restrictions.

“Even-numbered properties may water on Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered properties may water on Tuesday and Saturday, with no watering on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Outdoor water use is only allowed from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on your watering day,” said City officials.


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