Questions abound over Olalla’s continuing water issues

Here in Olalla, we have now entered the fourth week of a water contamination alert. We still need to boil our municipal water

To the Editor:

Is it just me, or does anyone else agree?  I’m beginning to feel like we’re living in a third world country!

Here in Olalla, we have now entered the fourth week of a water contamination alert. We still need to boil our municipal water to keep from getting sick.

Doesn’t that seem like a long time?  Wouldn’t you think that the problem could have been solved by now?

I’ve placed phone calls to the RDOS staff, and have appreciated their very prompt response to my calls, and the information they’ve provided to me. That is commendable. But even so, four weeks?

In the 21st century, in Canada, how long should it take to identify the critters in the water, and their source, and an antidote to bump them off and clear the system? This is not rocket science, is it?

Interior Health is also apparently involved.  Shouldn’t they know how to get on top of this? And for goodness sake, how big can Olalla’s water system be? Or could it be that we 300 rural residents are just not considered important enough to get a timely response?

RDOS posters thank us for our patience.

But I have a hunch that if the problem was in Penticton, or even in Keremeos, their water would be running safe and clear by now.

 

Dwayne Woloshyn, Olalla