The Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued a water quality advisory for users on the South Slocan water system. Recent testing shows that current water quality is now fair due to increasing turbidity (cloudiness) as a result of snow melt.
While health risks are considered low, the RDCK and Interior Health recommend that young children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing fruits or vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.
The system has about 50 active connections. It draws water from Watts’ Brook and Smokey Creek as a secondary source.