Edgewood residents are being asked to boil their water until further notice. A water quality advisory was issued by the RDCK on June 20, 2012 that stated recent testing of the water has shown an increase in turbidity.
Increased turbidity, or cloudiness, is associated with an increase in health risks to the very young or old, or people whose immune systems are weakened.
The particles suspended in the water that make it cloudy can be home to bacteria, viruses and parasites, which is why the water is considered potentially dangerous to some.
“While health risks are considered low, the RDCK and Interior Health recommend that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice,” read an online press release.
All water should be boiled, especially for at-risk persons, including water for ice, brushing teeth or washing fruits and vegetables.
The RDCK is also requiring that all owners of public facilities post a water quality advisory at all public sinks or drinking fountains, and verbally notify all their clientele as well.