All of Peachland’s 5,200 residents are being told to boil their water or use only bottled water.
A landslide in the town’s watershed on Monday has pushed a large volume of trees and dirt into Deep Creek, the town’s primary source for drinking water.
The water quality is now considered poor, according to Interior Health.
“We’re still trying to get the situation assessed, so we don’t have any idea how long this boil-water advisory might last,” Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin said Tuesday.
The slide, above the Munro Forest Service Road several kilometres beyond the town’s municipal limits, may have been triggered by heavy rains on Monday afternoon, Fortin said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the town’s drinking water from Deep Creek had a turbidity index of 12.9 NTU. Interior Health issues a water-quality advisory whenever the index rises above one.
Boil-water notices are issued whenever the turbidity index rises above 5 NTU.