Friday, January 15, 2010

Update - Water issues.

For immediate release
January 15, 2010, 6:25 p.m.

Antwerp Springs Water Source

As of 4:10 p.m. today, Interior Health has advised that the “Do Not Drink Water” Notice remains in effect for residents supplied by the Antwerp Springs well source, impacting water customers in the Lavington and Coldstream area as far west as McClounie Road.

The shower facilities at the Wesbild Centre are available between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. for use by residents of the affected area. The Wesbild Centre is located at 3445 – 43rd Avenue in Vernon. Enter at either the “Player” or “Main” entrance and proceed to the lower floor, where directions are posted to the shower rooms. Bring your own towels and toiletries.

Residents of the affected areas may pick up bottled water at the Coldstream Fire Hall and Lavington Fire Hall until 10:00 this evening, and then from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday or as required. The District has arranged for additional supplies of bottled water in limited quantities for emergency domestic use. We encourage residents to purchase their own supply of potable water until this situation is resolved. Due to the current demand for bottled water allocated towards the Haiti earthquake relief effort, we request that residents practice water conservation by taking only as much bottled water as required.

Questions related to watering livestock should be directed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands at 250-260-3000.

Inquiries regarding water quality should be directed to Greater Vernon Water at 250-550-3700.

A map of the affected area as well as updated information are posted on the Coldstream website and on the Regional District website Mayor Garlick has expressed his appreciation to the Coldstream community for their patience, and thanked them in advance for their continued patience.

Sand and Sandbags

For those Coldstream and Lavington experiencing flooding, sand and sandbags are available at two locations:
· On the side of Kalamalka Road across from Postill Drive
· On the side of School Road across from the Lavington ice rink
Please bring your own shovels.

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Contact: Irma Breitkreutz,
District of Coldstream,
phone 250-550-1508,


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