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Fernie upholds water quality advisory

Fernie’s water quality advisory is still in place, as tests have shown selenium concentrations above 10 micrograms per litre.

City officials said repairs have been completed to the James While Well, but concentrations are still above the standard set by the BC Drinking Water Quality Guidelines.

“The elevated levels of selenium require the City to continue using the Fairy Creek Water Source despite the current ‘fair’ water quality at that source,” said the City of Fernie.

The advisory was originally issued on April 12, but will stay in place until water quality improves at Fairy Creek or selenium levels at the James While Wells are within safe drinking standards.

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The city said water meant for drinking, washing fruits or vegetables, making juice or ice, or brushing teeth should be billed for at least one minute before use.

The initial boil water notice was sent out Tuesday evening after a mechanical failure at James White Wells, leading Fernie to switch to the Fairy Creek water supply.

“The City is working with Interior Health to monitor water quality at both of our drinking water sources, to ensure that the community has continued access to safe drinking water,” said city officials.

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