Cranbrook, BC (August 9, 2021) - Over the last several days, we have been hearing some concerns from the public about the taste and odour of our drinking water. This is a regular concern around this time of year as water temperatures rise and water levels drop in the reservoir, especially with the above average temperatures and a rainfall drought that we are experiencing.
Warm water can affect water smell and taste, but it is not a health or safety hazard.
“This situation is common in many drinking water reservoirs across North America. It is not a health concern if disinfection treatment systems continue to operate,” says Jason Perrault, Public Works Manager with the City of Cranbrook. “Our operations staff continue to conduct a robust water quality monitoring program and would inform the public if there were any health concerns related to water quality.”
With the continued lack of rainfall, even with Sunday's recent rain, and ongoing hot summer days, the City continues to stress that all water users must be aware of and follow the current Phase 2 outdoor watering practices, put into effect July 20, 2021.
Even numbered properties may water on Thursday and Sunday. Odd numbered properties may water on Tuesday and Saturday, with no watering on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Outdoor water use is only allowed from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on your watering day.
Resources with Public Works will continue to be visible for the rest of the summer months to encourage residents to only water during these days and times and help provide water users with additional water conservation information.
Learn more about our water system, treatment, and quality and water conservation information by visiting - https://cranbrook.ca/residents/water-conservation/.