June 26, 2017 4:06 pm

Warning of raw sewage in Okanagan Lake


The Okanagan Indian Band (OIB) is warning the public at the north end of Okanagan Lake to refrain from entering the water and not consume surface waters drawn from the lake until further notice.

The OIB’s emergency operations centre confirmed on Sunday that raw sewage leaked into the lake with organic debris and, with the added high temperatures, an algae bloom.

The OIB says it  will continue to monitor the area and notes the algae bloom occurrence will be a common sight over the next week.

It adds that at this time there is no odor but as the Algae bloom becomes oxygeneated, a distinct sulphur odor will be a natural release.

In a news release issued by the OIB, there is a list of ways to protect yourself and your family from the toxic algae:

  • Do not go in the water or have contact with the water
  • Do not drink the water. Boiling water will not reduce the risk.
  • Do not let pets or livestock drink or have contact with the water
  • Do not eat fish or other marine life caught in water where there is a blue-green algae bloom.

Raw sewage is a germ-infested containing disease causing micro-organisms such as E Coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Hepatitis A, Cholera and more.

Open cuts and wounds can become severely infected by contaminated water.


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