Water project progressing
Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is progressing through a large infrastructure project increasing the size of the spillway at Headgates Dam in the area watershed, which is impacting the Duteau Creek water source.
The reservoir behind the dam must be lowered during the construction period through Jan. 31, 2023.
The project will better protect the water supply infrastructure, the environment and downstream properties.
Customers in the blue area on the above map are now serviced by Duteau water. The agricultural irrigation season is coming to a close and demand in the system has decreased to a point that many customers switched from Duteau to Kalamalka Lake will now return back to Duteau. To maintain ideal flows, some customers that were switched to Kal will remain on this source until further notice (green area on the map).
This may be of interest to customers who have in-home water treatment systems or aquariums as the water is harder and has a higher pH.
Water users are advised of the following:
- Precautionary Water Quality Advisory – customers in the blue and green areas on the map are still on a precautionary water quality advisory until Jan. 31, 2023.
- The precautionary water quality advisory is in place for customers that receive water from Duteau due to a reduction in water flows. While GVW needs to maintain a lower flow of water to complete construction, when less water flows through the UV disinfection facility, it may intermittently turn-off without notice. While water may not be treated with UV, the water will still be treated with the clarification process and disinfected with chlorine.
- Customers affected by the advisory may wish to boil their water for at least one minute when preparing any food, drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice or brushing teeth.
- Stage 2 water restrictions continue for all GVW customers until further notice.