A Water Quality Advisory has been issued for the Lakeview/Rose Valley Water System

A Water Quality Advisory has been issued for the Lakeview/Rose Valley Water System, due to higher than normal turbidity in the Rose Valley Reservoir.

The advisory, issued by the City of West Kelowna in consultation with Interior Health Authority, is effective immediately until further notice, and is in addition to the ones issued in the West Kelowna Estates and Sunnyside/Pritchard Systems.

“According to the City’s Reservoir Consultant, an algal bloom, that is not harmful to human health, is causing the turbidity, which may affect the performance of the chlorine disinfection process,” reads the City’s announcement.

“Increased turbidity can mean bacteria, viruses and microorganisms can attach themselves to the suspended particles in the turbid water. These particles can interfere with disinfection by shielding the microorganisms from the chlorine.”

Children, the elderly and those with weakened immunity must use water brought to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute, or seek an alternative safe source, for drinking, brushing teeth, washing or preparing food, making baby formula and ice.

Asafe alternate water source is available at the bulk filling station at Shannon Lake and Asquith Roads, and the tap is located on the Asquith Road side. Water is free throughout the duration of Water Quality Advisories and residents must bring their own clean bottles for filling.

To keep in line with COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, crews have installed a touch-free system for filling bottles. Residents using the facility are asked to wash hands regularly, avoid touching their faces and maintain a two meter distance between themselves and other users.

All three advisories will remain in effect until further notice. Residents will be notified when the advisory ends through the media, via the City’s eNotification system, social media platforms and website.

To determine if you are in the Lakeview/Rose Valley, West Kelowna Estates or Sunnyside/Pritchard Water Systems, view the Water Quality Advisory Map on the City’s website.

Apartment For Sale in Main North, Penticton

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Apartment #710 occupies the full front side of the 7 storey building

•  2077 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  CAD2,450,000 . Phenomenal Lakeview/lakefront Penthouse MLS® 183685

Phenomenal Lakeview/lakefront Penthouse, solid concrete construction, 3 parking stalls, over 2000 square feet. Largest condo in Penticton with panoramic lakeview! Apartment #710 occupies the full front side of the 7 storey building at 100 Lakeshore Drive. Enjoy the lakeview from the master bedroom, living room, dining room, den and even the foyer. Quality custom unit features the building’s only private hot tub, beautiful master ensuite with lakeview soaker tub, 3 parking stalls plus a car wash all underground. 2 storage spaces, natural gas BBQ outlet and CAT 5 cable in each room. Building amenities include 2 lounges/upscale amenity rooms, 2 exercise rooms, sauna, public outdoor pool and hot tub. Have your guests stay in the 100 Lakeshore guest suite and invite them to your home to enjoy the view from your private hot tub and wrap around deck overlooking Okanagan Lake! The only one of its kind. Pets are allowed, maximum 70 lbs, Rentals also allowed, minimum 3 month rental.

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WorkSafeBC’s guidelines for reopening restaurants released

Restaurant rules published

Dining out in British Columbia restaurants may look a little different once restaurants and pubs start to reopen their doors next week.

On Friday, WorkSafeBC released its industry-specific guidelines for businesses planning to reopen next week, including those for restaurants, pubs and cafes. Restaurants must publicly post their COVID-19 safety plan, but WorkSafe specifically notes that businesses “do not need a formal plan in place to begin operation, but are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of your workers.”

The most important guidelines revolve around maintaining physical distance between customers, which means having a maximum of six guests at each table and ensuring there is two metres between tables.

While recommendations by the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association included the possibility of using plexiglass barriers between tables, this has not been mentioned in WorkSafe guidelines, although a barrier at the bar and pay stations is recommended.

The BCRFA also brought up the possibility of employees wearing masks and gloves, but WorkSafe’s guidelines only say employers “may consider the use of masks” if maintaining a two-metre distance from other workers and guests is not possible.

And while it probably goes without saying, the guidelines recommend avoiding handshakes, fist bumps and high-fives with customers.

Rather than have reusable menus that one could contract the virus from, WorkSafe recommends using large digital or chalkboard menus that can be seen from all tables, or consider using disposable menus.

Additionally, things like communal salt and pepper shakers should be removed from tables, and guests should do things like distribute their food around the table when it comes and pour their own water.

Enhanced cleaning procedures, especially in high-touch areas, is also referenced repeatedly in the guidelines.

The full list of guidelines can be found on WorkSafeBC’s website here, although the site has had some issues loading Friday, likely due to increased traffic.

Masks won’t be required or promoted when schools re-opened

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The wearing of face masks when B.C. schools re-open on June 1 will neither be required nor promoted by the government, it was announced Friday. Students, teachers, and support workers may wear masks if they choose.

When B.C. schools re-open on June 1, for those children and teens whose parents want them to return to class, a variety of new measures and protocols will be in place.

Details of the voluntary return to school plan, announced Friday by the government, include mandatory hand-washing before entering buildings, greater separation between student desks, staggered recesses to keep kids apart, and a prohibition on the sharing of times like pens, food, and phones.

Janitors will clean high-contact surfaces like doorknobs, toilet seats, keyboards and desk at least twice a day, and the entire school will get a “deep-cleaning” every day.

“We’ve looked at what measures other jurisdictions are putting in place and we’re taking direction from our provincial health officials, so students, educators, and staff know we’re taking every precaution to protect their health and safety,” Education Minister Rob Fleming said in a Friday press conference.

Masks will not be required and the government will not be encouraging students, teachers, or support workers to wear them. Kids can only sit on to a bench on school buses, unless they are from the same household, and drivers will be behind plexiglass shields.

It isn’t clear that all returning students will be in class with the same teacher they had before classes were suspended in mid-March.

“Classes will stay with their teacher in every circumstance where that’s possible. There will be some exceptions due to health conditions and those sorts of things,” Fleming said.

“But we have school based teams to fill in gaps should they arise, and we expect classes to be kept together,” Fleming said.

About 5,000 of B.C.’s students, mainly the children of essential service workers, have been attending classes for several weeks.

The government’s return to school plan has been endorsed by the B.C. school trustees association, a province-wide parents’ group, and the union representing support workers.

However, the BC Teachers Federation, on its Twitter feed says while it appreciates what it describes as a collaborative approach “there are still areas that need more work”.

“It’s also good that there is recognition that wearing a mask is a personal choice and that it’s important to treat people wearing masks with respect. However, more work is needed on the availability of personal protective equipment for teachers who want or need it”, the BCTF says.

Single Story For Sale in Husula Highlands, Penticton

807 VETERAN DRIVE, Husula/West Bench/Sage Mesa – Penticton

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Beautiful home sits just above the city with some upgrades.

•  2409 sqft , 3 bath , 4 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  CAD739,000 . Finest locations to live in Penticton MLS® 183464

Discover one of the finest locations to live in Penticton. This beautiful home sits just above the city with some upgrades. Enjoy impressive sweeping views of the Valley, City and Okanagan Lake surrounded by 0.61 acre of flat usable land, while still being only a short walk to all amenities and the KVR Trail. the 2409 total sq ft with 1350 on main floor and 1059 sq ft down, with large soaker jacuzzi tub. Lots of outdoor deck space. There is currently a 1 car garage 25 ft deep, and 15 ft wide, extra long with single carport and lots of extra parking. There is plenty of room on the property for almost any hobbies and even horses plus 5 cherry trees with lots of cherries. Telus has a small building on the property, bonus they pay half the taxes.

Single Story For Sale in Penticton South

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Complete privacy in this Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 full baths

•  1085 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  CAD224,500 . Nicest mobile home park town! Great location!  MLS® 182905

Nicest mobile home park town! Great location! Complete privacy in this Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 full baths, vaulted ceilings, double wide, in popular and centrally located, The Pines Mobile Home Park. 2016 Moduline built home is in unreal condition and has a wide open floor plan from large kitchen through to living and dining areas. Pad has extra low maintenance xer-i-scaped yard with good sized metal shed. Nice porch/deck off the front, facing north, perfect for guests and entertaining. 2-3 open parking spots on driveway. Home has all the bell and whistles and is a perfect affordable fit for semi or full time retiree. Call LR for extra info. All measurements approximate and park approval for all purchasers.

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Single Story For Sale in Summerland Rural

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Well maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath Country Rancher

•  1998 sqft , 2 bath , 3 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  CAD769,000 . Summerland rural property, 27.25 acres  MLS® 177802

Summerland rural property, 27.25 acres. Well maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath Country Rancher is almost 2000 square feet. Open concept living, hardwood flooring, spacious laundry room, large master with 4 pc ensuite. The home is heated by a wood burning fireplace inside, as well as a wood burning central boiler furnace outside. Your bills will never be cheaper! Custom cabinets and granite counter tops. Double carport, detached garage/workshop, loads of storage, all nestled on a very private lot. Great horse property. School Bus comes to end of road.

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2 Storey For Sale in Summerland Rural

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Stunning home on .68 acre, offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, dream updated kitchen

•  3150 sqft , 3 bath , 3 bdrm 2 storey – FOR SALE  CAD879,900 . Panoramic views of Okanagan orchards MLS® 183291

Sunny Summerland Rural property. Panoramic views of Okanagan orchards and mountains! Stunning home on .68 acre, offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, dream updated kitchen with center island and breakfast nook! Loft style office. Huge 24’x25′ master suite offers 5 piece ensuite, walk in closet, study and its own private deck. Gorgeous outdoor areas with sheltered patios, amazing outdoor Kitchen and outdoor gas fireplace, solid deck with hot tub. 18’x24′ garage/workshop plus double carport, storage shed, beautiful grounds. New heat pump in 2016. One of a kind home, extensive wood finishings, quiet rural area close to gold, wineries and KVR trails.

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4 Perfect Patios to Enjoy in Penticton

There are plenty of reasons to love spring. The sun’s shining, the flowers are blossoming, and most importantly, it’s patio season! Enjoying a finely made meal under the open sky is one of the simple pleasures in life and a highlight for many Southern Okanagan restaurants. Since we’re (hopefully) only a few weeks away from that magical time, I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to feature some of Penticton’s best patios.

Salty’s Beach House

The incredible food, unique drinks, and amazing views at Salty’s Beach House always make for a fantastic dining experience. Located right on Lakeshore Drive, you’ll enjoy a picturesque scene of Lake Okanagan from Salty’s second floor patio. But once your food arrives, I guarantee you’ll forget all about the view. This is definitely one of Penticton’s best casual dining restaurants and the patio’s hard to beat.

The Hooded Merganser

We all love a beachfront patio but The Hooded Merganser has taken it to the next level by building theirs right on the lake. The outstanding architecture of this restaurant is topped only by its menu. Fresh, local ingredients come right from the Valley View Farm which, as I understand it, is owned by the restaurant itself. Even if you can’t get a table on the patio (and believe me, it gets packed out there), the massive windows make you feel like you’re outside no matter where you sit. This is a great place for a romantic date night.

Theo’s Restaurant

Greek food and warm weather seem to go hand in hand so when the temperature starts to rise, a trip to Theo’s Restaurant is in the cards. Tucked away on Main Street, Theo’s doesn’t have the luxury of a lake view patio but they make up for it by dressing up the outdoor dining area with grape vines and other Greek decorations. Enjoy some Mediterranean classics in this private, cozy patio and it’ll feel like you’re out for supper in Athens.

Picnics

Alright, this one’s a bit of a cheat but one of my favourite things to do is grab some takeout or pack a lunch and find my own quiet place to enjoy a meal. We’ve got some gorgeous beaches in Penticton. Why not visit one and make your own little “patio” area? Or, head out on a hike and enjoy a sandwich or two from the top of a hill somewhere. It’s a great way to unwind and you never have to wait for a table to come open.

While Penticton’s got some of the best patios for outdoor dining in the South Okanagan, I think we can all agree, sometimes the best meal is a home cooked one enjoyed in your own backyard, surrounded by friends and family. If you’re looking for real estate in Penticton or the surrounding area, come talk to me. I’d be more than happy to help you find the perfect home.

Single Story For Sale in Summerland

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The living space is bright and open with great use of skylights to soak in the natural light

•  1480 sqft , 2 bath , 3 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  CAD499,900 . Summerland Beautiful Rancher plus basement  MLS® 183227

Downtown – Summerland Beautiful Rancher plus basement with separate entrance, 3 bedrooms (2 up and 1 down), 2 bathrooms, (1 up and 1 down) centrally located home in the heart of Summerland. Large 25×25 double garage w 220 and alley access. Pride of home ownership shows in this property. The main level has a large kitchen dining area with solid oak cabinets, sliding glass door to access your private covered patio and access to a beautifully maintained rear yard, where you will find some fruit trees, and gardening area. The living space is bright and open with great use of skylights to soak in the natural light. Downstairs is a self contained in-law suite (non-conforming) with a separate entrance. This property sits on a level landscaped lot with loads of parking, lane access, covered deck and close to all levels of schools.

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