QC dealing with communications issue at water treatment plant

  • Dec. 22, 2014 7:00 a.m.

The village of Queen Charlotte is advising residents to avoid using bleach or bleach cleaning products following a weekend accident that has cut off communications with the water treatment plant. The water is safe for drinking and cooking.The accident happened on Saturday morning, with a truck knocking down a Telus line near the Honna Road. Because communications have been cut, the village has had to turn on its well pumps to supplement the treated water in the reservoir.Interim administrator Lori Wiedeman said a Telus repair crew should arrive Monday morning.”We are in close contact with Telus to facilitate repairs as soon as possible,” Ms. Wiedeman said. “Unfortunately, due to the Christmas holidays, there was not a qualified crew on island to deal with this unanticipated event.”Ben Greenough, Superintendant of Public Works was notified right away by the truck driver involved and immediately contacted Telus. The well water is safe for drinking and cooking.However, residents are advised to avoid using bleach or bleach cleaning products until the water treatment plant is back up and running. This is due to the high mineral content in the water that can cause laundry staining when combined with bleach.Updates will be posted on the Village of Queen Charlotte webpage at www.queencharlotte.ca, our Village of Queen Charlotte Facebook page, and the Haida Gwaii Observer Facebook page.”While it is unfortunate that this has happened, I am pleased with the fast reaction of our public works team and once the repairs are completed we will be reviewing options for ensuring this can’t happen again,” said mayor Greg Martin. “It also underscores our need to maintain our back-up well system.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Southern section of QC Main temporarily closing this month

QC Main (South) will be closed to all traffic at about 5 kilometres from July 21 to 28

From the archives of the Haida Gwaii Observer

50 YEARS AGO (1970): Nine of 12 entries in the Beach Buggy… Continue reading

BC Ferries reopens limited hot food service between Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert

Release on July 8 says hot food will be served in packaging

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

UPDATE: Masset anti-racism rally postponed

The Yahk’ii event, which means ‘truth’ in Haida, will be rescheduled at a later date

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE decision

He says his and his family’s longtime involvement with the WE organization should have kept him out of the discussions

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Washington’s NFL team drops ‘Redskins’ name after 87 years

The franchise was given the name back in 1933, when it was still in Boston

Most Read