Kelowna Water Problems

Common water issues in Kelowna, and how to fix them

Okanagan Lake is the primary source for tap water in the city of Kelowna, and in efforts to ensure water quality, the city utility measures turbidity on an ongoing basis. With one of the nation’s highest-rated source-to-tap programs, Kelowna enjoys a plentiful supply of quality tap water. Even the best sourcing programs can sometimes run into issues, and, largely a result of its lake source, Kelownans notice that their water can have a few noticeable characteristics.


Commonly used in many municipalities to treat a variety of surface water, Kelowna uses chlorine to treat and disinfect its tap water. One of the side effects of this treatment method is that sometimes conditions necessitate higher levels to control for contamination, which can then be transferred to homes in the form of a swimming pool-like smell and taste.

Hard Water/Poor Quality

Anytime a water supply has higher-than-average amounts of dissolved minerals, like calcium, manganese, or iron, it is considered hard water. While a certain amount of minerals is normal, and even healthy, you can have too much of good thing. And when you do, you’ll often notice it in a variety of places around the house.

  • Lime and white scale buildup on fixtures and appliances
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Flat, dull-looking hair
  • Overworked appliances
  • Rising utility bills

Discolouration and Rust Stains

Sinks, tubs, and toilet bowls are often the first places you’ll notice the signature rust stains that signal you may have higher levels of dissolved iron in your water. Besides being unsightly, water stains and the residue left behind can be a pain to clean. You may also notice stains showing up in your water-using appliances, like your dishwasher, refrigerator, or washing machine.

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

Run a cycle of one part vinegar and one part water through your coffee maker to remove hard water buildup.

Did You Know?

Kelowna encompasses 214 square kilometres of land and 48 square kilometres of water.


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