Water Quality Notices

Water Quality Notices

Current water quality notices related to the Town of Oliver water system are summarized in the following table. General information on advisories and notices is provided at the bottom of this page.

Date  Area Affected  Description
Januray 20, 2014 System #1 Customers Who are Currently Not Twinned.

In consultation with Interior Health, The Town of Oliver is rescinding the boil water notice that was issued on April 15, 2013 for Domestic Water Customers in part of Rural Water System #1 who specifically receive this letter.  The system was switched from surface water to ground water on October 31, 2013 and water samples collected from our water system finally indicate that it is no longer necessary to boil water prior to consumption.

August 29, 2013 In-Town & System #1

In consultation with Interior Health, The Town of Oliver is terminating the boil water notice that was issued on August 15, 2013, effective immediately.  Turbidity has cleared and water samples collected from our water system indicate that it is no longer necessary to boil water prior to consumption.

August 15, 2013 In-Town & System #1

The Town of Oliver has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers In-Town and Rural areas North of Town due to recent water turbidity issues with their drinking water.  

April 15, 2013 System #1 -Customers Who are not currently Twinned

The Town of Oliver has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE (BWN) for Domestic Water Customers in part of Rural Water System #1 who specifically receive a direct letter to property owners, which indicates that you still receive surface water for domestic purposes during the summer months. Recent testing shows that current water quality is POOR due to increased turbidity (cloudiness) levels due to the drinking water now being changed over to the seasonal water canal  source. This BWN only effects 46 properties and each have received the letters.

April 11, 2013 In-Town & System #1

In consultation with Interior Health, The Town of Oliver is terminating the boil water notice that was issued on April 5, 2013, effective immediately.  Turbidity has cleared and water samples collected from our water system indicate that it is no longer necessary to boil water prior to consumption.

April 5, 2013 In-Town & System #1 The Town of Oliver has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers IN-TOWN and Rural areas North of Town due to recent water Turbidity issues with their drinking water. The Town advises these residents to boil their water for 1 minute before drinking or using for food preparation, until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact the Oliver Public Works Office at 250-485-6213.
November 20, 2012 Rural Domestic Water System #2

The Town of Oliver is terminating the BOIL WATER NOTICE issued on June 18th, 2012 for Domestic Water Customers served in Rural Water System #2.  This termination takes place immediately.  In order to determine exactly which system you are being served by, please refer to the first three digits of the account number on your rural water bill.    

June 19, 2012 Rural Domestic Water System #2 Customers  only.

The BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served in Rural Water System 2. Recent testing shows that current water quality is POOR due to a Total Coliform count in one of our most recent water samples. Health risks can increase as Total Coliforms rise, particularly for at-risk populations such as newborns, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. The Town of Oliver is taking additional measures to reduce risk. Interior Health has been fully involved, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved.

For rural water customers, the first three digits of your account number indicate what system you are in. For more information please call the Public Works Department at 250-485-6213.

In BC there are three levels of public notification that may be issued:

  1. Water Quality Advisory
  2. Boil Water Notice
  3. Do Not Use Water

Water Quality Advisory will be used when it is determined that there is some level of risk or uncertainty associated with water use, but the circumstances do not warrant a "Boil Water Notice" or a "Do Not Use Water" notice. A Water Quality Advisory should specify the nature of the risk, steps the water supplier is taking and steps that water users may take to minimize their health risk.

Boil Water Notice will be used when it is determined that there is a risk associated with water consumption and that the risk can be adequately addressed by boiling the water prior to human consumption. The notice will include specific instructions regarding boiling requirements and the steps being taken by the water supplier to address the risks.

A Do Not Use Water Notice will be used when it is determined that there is a risk associated with water consumption and that the risk cannot be adequately addressed by boiling the water. This might include higher than acceptable levels of nitrates or lead in the water or concerns that a water system may have been subject to vandalism accidents, chemical spills or natural events such as mudslides or floods. In some cases it may be appropriate for the notice to specify the types of water use that are acceptable (i.e. okay to shower, but not to drink).

Portions of Oliver's Water System 1 that have not yet been "twinned" rely on Unfiltered Surface Water during the irrigation season. In such systems, the provincial health officer recommends that, at all times, people with weakened immune systems should either boil water for one minute, use filtered or distilled water or use a safe alternative such as bottled water.  

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