HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – The District of Hudson’s Hope is providing bottled water for residents while a boil water notice is currently in place.

A boil water notice was issued on Thursday due to mechanical failure at the district water treatment plant. Due to the issue, the community water system has been running with untreated well water.

Each household will only be allowed one five-gallon bottle of water at a time for drinking, brushing teeth, and cooking.

It can be picked up at the community hall between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The district says a bottle should last a family two to four days, but more water will be provided as needed until further notice.

Community members are asked to return an empty bottle before requesting a new one.

On Thursday, Mayor Dave Heiberg said that the water coming into the plant contains bacteria and iron, which react together, with particles building up and clogging the reverse osmosis filters.

Heiberg says he’s aware residents have asked for a town hall to answer questions about the plant but wants to touch base with council and staff before announcing a meeting. Most likely next week, he added.

“We’re going to share with the community as much as we can when we can, but we’re just confirming a few things,” he said. “Probably first of the week, I think that would be an appropriate time, just to get a couple of days under our belts to know what we’re doing.”

The town is in the process of hauling water from Chetwynd and Fort St. John to supplement and bypass filters, Heiberg said.

“We’re in the process of hauling water, but we’re also in the process of trying to bypass our filters and pre-filters, and they tell me we have a blending line that can used to pump water into raw water into the reservoir – we’re just confirming if we can do that,” said Heiberg.

“If it works, that will help us pump raw water into the aquifer, but we’ll still have to boil it.” 

Site C Community Relations Manager Bob Gammer says BC Hydro is aware of the ongoing issues Hudson’s Hope is experiencing with its new water treatment plant and is willing to help, but says nothing specific has yet been asked for by the municipality. 

“The District is providing us with regular updates on the situation,” said Gammer. “We wish to maintain our strong, collaborative approach with the District of Hudson’s Hope and remain in regular contact with staff as they work to resolve the situation.”

With files from Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative


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