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Nelson rescinds boil water notice

But there is still a Water Quality Advisory because of water turbidity (cloudiness).
Cottonwood Creek just below Baker St. today. (Photo: Bill Metcalfe)

The City of Nelson has rescinded the boil water notice it issued last week.

A news release from the city reads:

“Water samples collected from our water system indicate that it is no longer necessary to boil water prior to consumption. However, the Water Quality Advisory originally issued on May 6, 2017 due to elevated turbidity is still in effect. Recent hot temperatures and resulting rapid snow-melt from a historically deep snowpack continue to result in elevated turbidity (cloudiness) levels in our surface water source. This results in degraded water quality, but is not yet at a level where another Boil Water Notice would be issued. Elevated turbidity is a common occurrence during the wet spring season in Nelson.

“Elevated turbidity in source water may impair the effectiveness of the disinfection treatment system. If disinfection is impaired, disease causing microorganisms may enter the water distribution system resulting in the risk of intestinal illness. People with undeveloped immune or severely weakened immune systems, infants and elderly may be at increased risk.

“Due to the above concerns and as a precautionary measure, water users may still choose to boil their water - bring all water to a rolling boil for at least one minute and let it cool before using it or, use bottled water. We will inform you when the Water Quality Advisory due to elevated turbidity levels is removed.”