Boil water notice in effect for Kitsumkalum

Waterline was hit during test drilling Dec. 10

Kitsumkalum has issued a boil water notice for residents after crews hit a water line while doing test drilling for a new water line.

Heather Bohn, communications coordinator for Kitsumkalum, says the maps for the original infrastructure were outdated from when it was first installed in the early 1960s, so crews weren’t expecting to hit anything while they were drilling.

“They’re getting ready to upgrade our system because the roads will be paved next year, so they wanted to do the water lines because it’s really old infrastructure,” Bohn says. “They were doing work with an engineering company, and looking at the maps and where they were, the water line wasn’t supposed to be there is my understanding.”

READ MORE: Kitsumkalum First Nation eyes industrial transportation hub

Late last night, crews were able to put a temporary patch on to the broken water line after which the system was re-pressurized and flushed.

According to a notice posted Dec. 10, Kitsumkalum is directing members to boil water continuously for a minimum of 10 minutes before consumption.

“Water will be discoloured and highly chlorinated until the line is fully fixed,” the notice reads.

“The patch is currently holding, updates will be posted as we receive information on the final steps in fixing the break.”

Residents are now able to turn on the taps, flush toilets and run showers. However, water used for brushing teeth, drinking, cooking, washing dishes or fruits and vegetables should be boiled first.

READ MORE: Kitsumkalum Chief Don Roberts secures seventh term, new councillor wins seat

More to come.


 


brittany@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

Just Posted

Dead salmon fry found in Terrace stream prompts response from City

Public Works crews are marking storm drains to raise awareness of salmon habitat vulnerability

RCMP bust five impaired drivers in one day in Terrace and Kitimat

Police were doing road checks as part of distracted driving, seatbelt enforcement campaign

Horgan makes campaign stop in Terrace and Kitimat

BC NDP leader met with local First Nations leaders, reiterated campaign promises

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

‘Monkey Beach’ supernatural film adaptation premiers at VIFF

Based on Kitamaat author Eden Robinson’s debut, mystical novel

Orange Shirt Society launches first textbook on residential school history

Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley worked on the 156-page book to help educate students

Metis pilot Teara Fraser profiled in new DC Comics graphic novel of women heroes

The Canadian pilot’s entry is titled: ‘Teara Fraser: Helping Others Soar’

Horgan vows to replace B.C.’s shared senior care rooms in 10 years

$1.4 billion construction on top of staff raises, single-site work

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Orange Shirt Day lessons of past in today’s classrooms

Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia, is credited for creating the movement

Greens’ Furstenau fires at NDP, Liberals on pandemic recovery, sales tax promise

She also criticized the NDP economic recovery plan, arguing it abandons the tourism industry

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

Most Read