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NOTICE For Irrigation District System 9 Users Only

Boil Water Notice Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 effective April 1


As a result of E-Coli detection in the Agricultural Irrigation System 9 on April 16, 2020; the Town of Osoyoos undertook system wide chlorine residual confirmations, some system flushing and took additional water quality samples.
Those additional sample results were received this week and they found no detectable levels of E-coli or total coliform in the Agricultural Irrigation system.
Residential users of the Agricultural Irrigation Systems 8 & 9 are reminded that they must boil their water prior to consumption and the need to do that is not diminished as a result of test results that don’t indicate any current concern.

The Boil Water Notice must remain in place for domestic connections that remain connected to System 8 & for all of System 9 when the source for these systems is Osoyoos Lake.  The Town was made aware in an Engineering Report that the high demands placed on these water supply systems by irrigation demands means there is insufficient disinfectant contact time to ensure elimination of bacteria and viruses in this surface water supply. 
Bacterial sampling is part of a monitoring program, not an assurance that all the water is or is not safe to drink.  Osoyoos Lake is a surface water source that is open to contamination from pathogens from a variety of human and animal activities, and at fluctuating levels.  Effective and consistent treatment to reduce the risks associated with bacteria, viruses and protozoa is required for all surface water sources.
It is the legal responsibility of the owner of a water supply system to advise users of the risks associated with the drinking water being supplied.  This provides the water users with the opportunity to make an informed decision for themselves, family members and visitors.

For more information, please contact the Operational Services Department at 250-495-6213 or email us at

April 17, 2020

In partnership with Interior Health Authority (IHA) the Town of Osoyoos is informing the Irrigation District System 9 Users that our April 14, 2020 weekly sampling detected E. coli bacteria within the distribution of System 9.
As System 9 customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.
What does this mean? Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps and associated headaches. E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a greater health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely-compromised immune systems. These symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
The Town crew will continue to chlorinate and flush the areas in and around System 9.  We have added additional sampling to determine the extent of the problem and will also be conducting a thorough investigation to determine the source of the contamination.  As you know there is currently a BOIL WATER NOTICE already in place.  We ask that you continue to boil your water for at least 1 min.  We will inform you when tests show no bacteria, however you will have to continue boiling your water until the end of irrigation season as we do every year. 
We anticipate resolving the problem within the next week or two. 
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly through the Town of Osoyoos E-News.

For more information, please contact the Operational Services Department at 250-495-6213 or email us at 

Event date: 
Friday, 24 April, 2020
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