On the morning of February 21, the Village of Ashcroft downgraded the Boil Water Notice that had been in place since February 17 to a Water Quality Advisory. The Boil Water Notice was put in place due to high levels of turbidity in the Thompson River following recent heavy rains in the area and the extreme snow melting.
All local businesses were informed of the advisory, a mail drop was sent to all residents, and media outlets in Ashcroft and Kamloops were given the information.
The Village took the step in conjunction with Interior Health as a precautionary measure for customers on the Village of Ashcroft water supply system. Testing late last week showed that the water quality was Poor due to increased turbidity, or cloudiness. The risk increases as turbidity levels rise, particularly for at-risk populations such as newborns, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
As a precaution during a Boil Water Advisory, all water intended for any of the following uses should be boiled for one minute: drinking; washing fruits and vegetables; making beverages or ice; and brushing teeth. Washing dishes in the water, taking showers or baths in it, or washing clothes in it, does not pose a health risk.
The water in Ashcroft is now rated as Fair, which means it can once more be used for all the above purposes without boiling. However, at-risk populations should consider boiling their water as a precaution while the Fair rating remains in place..
For more information check the Village of Ashcroft’s website at www.ashcroftbc.ca, call the Village Office at (250) 453-9161, or call the Interior Health Drinking Water Officer at (250) 851-7322.