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Kimberley issues water quality advisory

The City of Kimberley is under a water quality advisory after recent tests found increased turbidity in the water.

City officials said the increase comes as a result of recent weather conditions.

“During the ‘freshet’ or spring run-off, the water entering the City of Kimberley’s distribution system may become cloudy or turbid,” said the city.

“Turbidity is a measurement of water clarity and can be an indicator of a potential health risk.”

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This increased turbidity can pose health risks to humans, particularly newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

“Contaminants such as viruses, bacteria and parasites can attach themselves to the suspended particles in turbid water,” said city staff.

“These particles can then interfere with disinfection, limiting chlorine’s ability to remove or inactivate the contaminants.”

Kimberley and Interior Health officials said children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone seeking additional protection should drink boiled water or find a safe alternative.

“Water intended for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making juice or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute,” said the city.

“Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean, covered container. Customers could also choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device.”

The city will let the public know as soon as the water quality notice is lifted.

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