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Vernon Beaches Remain Closed

Updated: Jul 10

Vernon Beaches Remain Closed Due to Water Quality Concerns

Beaches in Vernon, BC along Okanagan Lake will remain temporarily closed due to elevated bacterial levels in the water. Testing has shown that these levels exceed the acceptable thresholds established in the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality.

As a result, the City of Vernon has closed beaches from Kin Beach to Paddlewheel Park, advising the public to avoid swimming until further notice.

The city continues to monitor water quality and will provide updates as they become available.

Summary of Recent Water and Sewer Issues in Vernon

Since early July, Vernon has experienced multiple water and sewer line issues, leading to significant disruptions and advisories:

  • Sewer Line Break and Repair: On July 7, 2024, crews completed emergency repairs to a broken sanitary sewer line in the Okanagan Landing area. This break had previously necessitated a reduction in sanitary sewer use for residents south of the Vernon airport, including Predator Ridge and Eastside Road.

  • Water Main Breaks: Vernon has dealt with several water main breaks, including a recent one at 3610 24th Ave affecting approximately 35 properties. Earlier, on July 2, 2024, there was another break at 6468 Okanagan Landing Road.

  • Water Quality Advisories and Boil Water Notices: The city has issued various advisories due to potential water quality issues. A Water Quality Advisory (WQA) was issued on July 5, 2024, for areas including Mission Hill, Commonage Road, and West Kal. A Boil Water Notice (BWN) was issued on July 4, 2024, for 32nd Ave between 38th Street and Bella Vista Road, following a rupture in the water main that led to a loss of pressure and increased turbidity.

Overall, the community has faced challenges with multiple sewer and water line breaks, as well as necessary water quality advisories, prompting measures to ensure public safety and the continuous provision of safe drinking water.

Vernon Beaches Remain Closed



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