Saturday, September 3, 2011

Boil water advisory - comments.

While I do not mean to minimize the seriousness of the situation I do have some questions regarding the press release.

The bacteria counts were within the distribution system and the disinfection process has been good therefore it is unlikely that bacteria counts are due to natural processes in Kalamalka Lake. The problem might be due to bacterial colonies growing within the distribution system. One saving grace is that the bacteria in question are not the E. coli species.

Caution should be taken due to the fact that the bacteria in question are probably from internal sources within the pipes. However, we must be remembered that many people are swimming in Kalamalka Lake with no apparent health effects. One would assume that not all swimmers keep water from entering their mouth during the process of swimming.


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