Turbidity is recorded at the River Pumphouse which is where the water is pumped from the river into the well, and then further into the system. This turbidity reading is generally a higher number as the pumps continually stir up any sediment that may be in the system.
The turbidity level is also recorded at Pumphouse #2 which is where the water actually feeds into our water system. This reading is the actual level of turbidity in the water that flows to each and every water service within our community. This turbidity reading is generally considerably lower as the water is not disturbed as often and there is more settlement of the particulate.
Interior Health has advised that the reading at Pumphouse #2 is the reading that will determine our Water Quality Level however we will continue to record both turbidity readings for your information and reference.
For more information about water quality and how seriously this issue is taken by water operators like the Village of Ashcroft and Interior Health, we encourage you to visit this webpage developed by Interior Health. Please be sure to watch the videos posted at the bottom of the page.
If you would like to view a map of every current Boil Water Notice and Water Quality Advisory within the Interior Health Region, please click here. Ashcroft's water quality status is listed on the map.
Please note that Turbidity levels will no longer be a concern for water users once the new water treatment plant is completed and operation. The Village will continue to monitor levels while operating the new plant although there will no longer be a need to record the information on this website.
At this time, the Water Quality is considered FAIR
What does this mean?
Water quality notices are based on the level of turbidity found within the source of Ashcroft's drinking water, the Thompson River.
When levels of turbidity levels are below 1.0 NTU, water quality is considered safe which means that the chlorination process has the ability to neutralize any potential pathogens found in the source water.
When turbidity levels are above 1.0 NTU but below 5.0 NTU, water quality is considered fair as there is the chance that chlorination cannot neutralize all potential pathogens found in the source water. This leads to a Water Quality Advisory which advises water users who have compromised immune systems to boil their water for 1 minute before consuming, as a precaution.
When turbidity levels exceed 5.0 NTU inn the source water, the water quality is considered poor and there is a considerable probability that chlorination cannot neutralize any pathogens found in the source water. When these turbidity reaches this level, a Boil Water Notice is issued. All water users are required to boil water for a minimum of 1 minute before consuming.
Water Turbidity Levels
|Date (mm/dd/yyyy)||River Pumphouse||Pumphouse# 2|