QC used wells during September rains

  • Oct. 10, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Queen Charlotte was back on the wells during the heavy rainfall in September. Chief administrative officer Bill Beamish told councillors Sept. 19 that the village must occasionally use the wells as it can be difficult to treat the sediment filled chocolate-coloured high water from the Honna River. “We would need someone at the plant continuously,” he said. The wells have been maintained and are continually tested, he said. He noted that the shift to the wells is usually for no more than 36-hour period and he doesn’t expect that it will happen more than once or twice a year. The wells were already used twice in September. Once after the heavy rainfall at the beginning of the month and another time due to an electrical incident at the intake. Mr. Beamish said the village cannot rely on the reservoirs at these times because that water may be needed for an emergency or fire. Mayor Carol Kulesha noted that people should not use bleach in the water for their white clothes while the wells are being used as it reacts with the iron and manganese. Anyone with questions about the drinking water are asked to call the public works department at the village.