Hudson’s Hope boil water advisory could be lifted next month

A months-long Boil Water Advisory in Hudson’s Hope could be lifted by early March, according to a recent release from the District. 

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Hudson Hope’s boil water advisory could be lifted in early March. ( Jordan Prentice, Energeticcity.ca )

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A months-long boil water advisory in Hudson’s Hope could be lifted by early March, according to a recent release from the district. 

After months of issues with the previous well-water treatment plant, the District of Hudson’s Hope is taking a phased approach to a surface water system. 

Phase one involved installing two pumps across the berm into the Peace River, along with piping infrastructure and electrical work, both of which came to completion by the end of January. 

Late last week, the district’s contractor replaced the sand media in the filtration system, completing all required work for phase one. 

River water can now be pumped directly into the distribution system and will start the flushing process. According to the district, this process is expected to “take some time.”

The district needs to report two consecutive good test results to Northern Health for the boil water advisory to be lifted. 

District staff will begin the initial testing process early next week, and if testing goes well, the boil water advisory could be lifted early next month. 

Planning for phase two of the surface water system is complete, and according to the district, work will begin “in the near future.”

Phase two will involve installing a UV system to support surface water treatment when turbidity, the quality or state of being cloudy or opaque, is higher than usual. Higher turbidity is expected as the season changes into spring and during heavy rainfall. 

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