Water woes

RDEK provides a water update for Edgewater, Windermere, Fairmont and Wasa Lake

Submitted by Regional District of East Kootenay

Edgewater water reservoirs filling

Twelve days after a debris flow in the watershed that feeds the Edgewater Water System, turbidity levels are dropping in Lake Baptiste and the RDEK has re-opened the intake into its steel reservoirs.

“While turbidity levels in the lake are still higher than normal, they have improved enough that yesterday we were able to turn the intake into the steel reservoirs back on and begin filling them,” explains Information Officer Loree Duczek. “We continued to haul water yesterday to help during the filling process and the towers were fully filled last night.”

As a result, residents who have been limiting all non-essential water use since June 1 are now able to resume regular water use.

“It is important to note that the Boil Water Notice remains in effect as the turbidity levels are still high and it could take some time for the lake to settle and those turbidity levels to drop,” adds Duczek. Water intended for drinking, washing fruits or vegetables, making juice or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled at a rolling boil for at least ONE MINUTE.

“I want to extend my sincere thanks to the Village of Radium who have been outstanding partners through this emergency. Without them allowing us to access and haul water from Radium, there would have been a much more significant impact on the community,” says RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. “In addition, I want to thank our RDEK operators who have been working tirelessly to maintain water service to the community and the residents who have not only been conserving water, but who have been patient and understanding throughout.”

Continued updates and information will be posted via the RDEK’s email groups, website and social media pages. To sign up for the email notification or the Evacuation Notification Alert system, visit www.rdek.bc.ca.

Windermere Creek

The RDEK continues to work with Water Stewardship and Emergency Management BC to secure approvals to conduct emergency in-stream work to mitigate the flooding and dredge the creek. BC Wildfire Service members helped fill over 3500 sandbags in Windermere today. The RDEK will be delivering additional sand tomorrow and the BCWS crew will be back to continue to assist in flood protection efforts by filling sandbags in this area. There is also a self-fill sandbag station at the Windermere Fire Hall.

Fairmont Hot Springs Debris Flow

The evacuation alerts remain in place on Cold Spring Creek and Fairmont Creek. Crews completed the excavation of debris material from the Upper Debris Trap on Cold Spring Creek and made continued progress on both the uppermost debris traps and Hole 12 Debris Trap on Fairmont Creek as we work to regain capacity in both systems.

Wasa Lake

Wasa Lake levels remain unchanged from June 10 and are continuing to be monitored.

Photo by Samara Doole on UnSplash

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