Maintenance means untreated water for Queen Charlotte

  • Sep. 24, 2004 9:00 a.m.

Queen Charlotte residents will be drinking untreated water for about six days next month while the water treatment plant is repaired.
The tank in the five-year old plant will be sandblasted and painted. But the work, which is routine maintenance, is delayed because it cannot begin until a motor and pump are replaced in one well, and because public works superintendent Victor La Boucane is on holidays.
He told the management committee when it met Sept. 15 that he wants to use water from two wells while the repairs are being made, because their water is relatively low in iron and manganese. However, the pump and motor of one of them recently broke need replacement.
The management committee approved $1,000 for a new pump and motor. But because Mr. La Boucane will be absent for a couple of weeks this month, the repairs won’t be made until early October. After those repairs are completed, the work on the water treatment plant can begin towards the end of October.
During the six days of repairs, the town’s water will be untreated, but it should be safe to drink, according to committee member Mark Salzl.
However, people shouldn’t use bleach with their laundry while the water is untreated, because a chemical reaction between the iron and manganese in the water and the bleach could stain clothing, says Debra Uliana, office manager for the management committee.
The management committee will notify Queen Charlotte residents when their water will be untreated.

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Gwaii Haanas Report: Talking About Everything plan

By Victoria Leslie A dinner of crab legs and clam fritters, halibut… Continue reading

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

CHN seeks injunction against logging at Collison Point

Weeks after ordering an end to a blockade there, the B.C. Supreme… Continue reading

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

Most Read