Some Greater Vernon homes and businesses will be using a different water source next week.
The regional district says the Duteau Creek source will be turned off the week of March 27th for planned maintenance.
All customers will be supplied with Kalamalka Lake water from the Mission Hill Treatment Plant.
“Customers regularly receiving Duteau water could notice a change in their water as Kalamalka Lake water is harder and more alkaline,” says Utilities Manager Zee Marcolin. “This may be of interest to those customers who have in-home water treatment systems or aquariums.”
As an emergency backup supply, the Antwerp Deep Well and Ranch Well #1 have been serviced to be on standby and will only be used if needed. Both the Antwerp Deep Well and Ranch Well #1 are approved by Interior Health as emergency potable water use backups and are considered safe as drinking water sources.
“The Antwerp Shallow Well that was contaminated in 2010 has been permanently taken off-line and will not be used by GVW as a potable water source,” ads Marcolin.
If the Antwerp Deep Well is used, road signs will be posted in affected areas and on our website with a map outlining customers impacted.
The maintenance work should be completed by March 31, 2017 but could be extended if required.