Water servicing completed ahead of schedule

Maintenance work on Summerland’s municipal water system progressed ahead of schedule on the weekend.

Alex Bellemore

Maintenance work on Summerland’s municipal water system progressed ahead of schedule on the weekend.

The maintenance work, on Pressure Reducing Valve #10, had been scheduled for Friday evening until Monday morning.

On Saturday, the municipality reported the work was progressing as planned.

The water main was drained shortly after midnight and crews were able to begin the maintenance on the valve.

During the water shutdown, fire crews were called to a brush fire in the Bentley Road area, but there was enough water for the firefighting efforts.

By Sunday morning, the work had been completed and crews were testing the lines. By 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, the municipality reported the system had been fully pressurized and there was no longer a need to reduce consumption.

During the maintenance work, some homes in the Bentley Road and Sumac Ridge areas experienced a temporary loss of water as a result of a break in the water line.

There were also reports of intermittent water and air in the water lines at homes on Taylor Place and other properties at higher elevation.

The water system servicing also resulted in a boil water notice for the community. That notice went into place on Monday, Feb. 27 as the chlorine was turned off at the water treatment plant.

While the work has been completed, the boil water notice remains in place.

Water samples will be tested every day and when the water quality reaches the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines, the boil water notice will be lifted. This is expected to occur between March 10 and March 17.

During the shutdown, the municipality had a communications centre set up at the Aquatic Centre.

In addition, drinking water was available at the centre during the weekend. Residents were told to bring large containers for the water.

Nesters Market donated 300 cases of bottled water to the community. The bottled water was available at the Aquatic Centre on a first come, first served basis during the weekend.

Just Posted

Motor vehicle incident causes front end damage

Two cars appeared to be involved in an accident in Penticton on Monday evening

Sex assaults on stepdaughters gets four years

Assaults on the girls, 9 and 12, spanned over months from summer to November last year

Sentencing turns to trial, as guilty plea struck

Kevin Simons denied having possession of a knife during a break-and-enter last August

Greyhound announces rural fund plan

Greyhound is lobbying the B.C. government to subsidize rural bus routes

Attempted murder charge up in the air after victim’s death

Without Thomas Szajko’s testimony, alleged shooter Afshin Ighani could get off on that charge

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exit

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

MP Report: Trade barriers a real problem to Okanagan wineries

Richard Cannings is a member of the NDP and the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding MP

Liberal Hogg wins South Surrey-White Rock byelection over Conservative Findlay

B.C. riding to be represented by non-conservative for first time in decades

Six-year-old boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick Sooke boy asks government to help fund treatments

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Be ladder safe both at work and home

WorkSafeBC wants you to keep safe while hanging those Christmas lights this year

Most Read