Rushmere Water System

Important Note: The RDEK is doing routine cleaning of the Rushmere Water Treatment Plant membrane filters Tuesday, December 12th and Wednesday, December 13th 2017.

The process involves the use of NSF (National Science Foundation) approved chemicals designed to clean the membranes and extend their life cycle. The membranes are thoroughly rinsed afterwards; however, some residual chemical tastes/odours may linger. That said, these possible residuals are NOT harmful to human health if consumed.

Residential water service should not be affected during this process but if you are in Rushmere today, it would be helpful if you could use the water sparingly until 5:00 PM today. This will just help allow for the maximum required amount of available rinse water.

The water will be entirely shut down tomorrow Wednesday December 13th between 10:00AM and 12:00PM to facilitate the modification/replacement of the distribution pressure control manifold.  Users are asked to continue to use water sparingly tomorrow afternoon from 12 PM to 5 PM again to aid in the rinsing process.

If you have any questions or concerns with regards to this process or, would like to report any taste or odour problems, please contact the Regional District of East Kootenay Columbia Valley Office at 250-342-0063.

The community of Rushmere is supplied with treated water from Lake Windermere through a small membrane filtration treatment plant. Treated water is stored within the plant and pumped to the community using two variable frequency distribution pumps. Rushmere water system is solely dedicated to domestic use and not used for fire protection.

The plant is highly automated and operators have remote monitoring and control capability (SCADA). The plant is attended at a minimum of 3 times per week and can alert staff when problems occur.

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Last edited: Tue, December 12, 2017 - 11:26:36