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Not OK: Water issues in Okanagan Falls will get better by Friday, says Regional District

Maintenance work on a well caused the brown water issues

Homes in the Lower Zone of Okanagan Falls can expect to see brown water until the end of the week.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen issued a press release on Monday about the aggravated drop in water quality over the last week for residents in the Lower Zone.

According to the RDOS, the drop in quality beyond any ongoing issues occurred while they brought one of two wells offline for maintenance in the Lower Zone.

While the one well was taken offline, the remaining well was the only one supplying the Lower Zone.

The remaining well has elevated levels of iron and manganese in the water, which creates water quality issues, staining and discoloration in the water when exposed to the air such as while in the storage reservoir. As a result chlorine is required in the Lower Zone.

Normally both wells operate at the same time, blending the water together and reducing the total amount of iron and manganese in the water available to contribute to discolouration.

The RDOS conducts regular flushing of the distribution system, however, this only provides for temporary improvements.

The maintenance work on the offline is aimed to be complete by the end of the week.

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Brennan Phillips

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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