Kimberley and Marysville residents are advised that the Water Quality Advisory posted in April is still in effect. Residents of Kimberley, Forest Crowne, Marysville, Kimberley Golf Course, Riverside Campground, River Bend Lane, River Bend Road, River Ridge Way, Tamarack Lane and Sunflower Drive are under the Advisory.
With turbidity fluctuating during the spring runoff, residents can expect the Advisory to continue for the foreseeable future.
An Advisory is not a boil water notice. An Advisory follows Interior Health recommendations that children, the elderly and persons with weakened immune systems drink boiled water when turbidity levels are above 1 NTU. Turbidity levels in both the Mark Creek and Matthew Creek systems are currently on the low end of the Good to Fair range. Mark Creek’s average reading this month is 2.9. Above 5.0 is considered poor. All Kimberley residents were switched over to the Mark Creek system in April. The Matthew Creek supply is not currently in use.
Water quality is considered to be good when turbidity levels are less that 1 NTU, fair when between 1 to 5 NTU and poor when greater than 5 NTU.
Turbidity is a water quality term that refers to the relative clarity of water. Turbidity occurs when fine suspended particles of clay, silt, organic and inorganic matter, plankton, and other microscopic organisms are picked up by water as it passes through a watershed. These particles have the potential to carry contaminants and disease.
City crews check turbidity daily and posts the result on its website, kimberley.ca.