The on again off again Boil Water Notice for Kimberley residents is off again. For now. The latest notice was issued last Wednesday, May 31 and rescinded on Monday, June 5. However, a Water Quality Advisory remains in effect.
During a water quality advisory, Interior Health recommends that the elderly and persons with weakened immune systems drink boiled water. A water quality advisory is not a boil water notice for the general public.
The City of Kimberley is bound by Interior Health regulations to issue advisories and notices related to turbidity in Mark Creek, Kimberley’s water source.
When turbidity is between 1 and 5 ntu an advisory is issued. When turbidity is above 5 ntu, water quality is considered poor and a boil water notice is issued. During the spring freshet, turbidity can fluctuate depending on the quantity of water entering creeks due to snow melt. Rain can add to this turbidity.
Given how quickly it can fluctuate, it is best to check for updates. The City posts turbidity levels in the water system on its website (kimberley.ca) daily, Monday through Friday.