UPDATE: City crews have repaired the broken water main and the intersection of Main Street and Wade Avenue is partially reopen. The boil water notice remains in affect. The City has released the following guidelines on how to treat your water:
Boil water procedures:
In addition to having a bad odour and taste, water from compromised sources may be contaminated by a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria and parasites. All water of uncertain purity should be treated before use. To treat water for consumption and/or hygiene, follow these steps:
Bring it to a rolling boil for about one full minute.Transfer to clean container.Let it cool at least 30 minutes.
PENTICTON —; Hundreds of people are being ordered to boil their water after a major water main break in Penticton this morning. It partially flooded Main Street and has left numerous downtown businesses without water.
The break happened at around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Wade Avenue. It took just 90 minutes to get the water shut off, causing plenty of problems downtown, including some water damage to the city centre building.
The reservoirs were drained and firefighters are making alternate plans should they deal with an emergency before they are refilled.
The boil water notice is in effect for the municipal water supply within these boundaries:
– West of Ellis Street and east of Winnipet Street
– South of Westmminster Avenue W and north of Padmore/Orchard
EXTENT OF THE BOIL WATER ORDER
Residents are being ordered to boil their water for at least one minute before drinking, washing food or brushing teeth.
A water quality advisory has also been issued for homes and businesses north of Eckhardt Avenue to Okanagan Lake. This includes West Bench and properties between the channel east to Haven Hill, Johnson Road, Farrell Street and Cambie Place.
People more at-risk, including those over 65, under 12, or those suffering from chronic illness or needing additional protections, may wish to seek an alternate water sources or also boil their water.