High Turbidity levels have been detected in the Sorrento Water System's drinking water supply. High turbidity (cloudiness) levels may occur in surface water sources due to seasonal weather changes causing excessive surface runoff, flooding or lake turnover. A high turbidity level may impair the effectiveness of the disinfection treatment system. If disinfection is impaired, disease-causing micro-organisms may escape into the water distribution system, resulting in an increase risk of intestinal illness.
The CSRD and Interior Health recommend that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone seeking additional protection to drink boiled water or a safe alternative. For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute. Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean covered container. Users could also choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water than has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device. The CSRD will inform users once the BOIL WATER ADVISORY has been removed.