Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

The Regional District of East Kootenay has issued a water quality warning for the water system in Edgewater.

Kevin Paterson, general manager of engineering and environmental services, said the onset of warmer weather this week has kicked off the annual spring freshet and the melting of some of the higher elevation snow.

“This melt causes water levels in area waterways to rise and the water often becomes cloudier as increased sediment and debris get picked up,” Paterson explained. “These particles in the water are referred to as turbidity and can have an impact on water disinfection and treatment,” he pointed out, adding they are seeing these rising turbidity levels now.

The RDEK 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. For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled at a rolling boil for one minute.

The advisory will remain in effect until conditions and water quality improves.