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Bottled water offered amid treatment plant failure

Hudson's Hope residents want town hall amid ongoing water plant troubles
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A view of Hudson's Hope by Signal Hill Rd.

Site C Community Relations Manager Bob Gammer says BC Hydro is aware of the ongoing issues Hudson’s Hope is experiencing with its new water treatment plant and is willing to help, but says nothing specific has yet been asked for by the municipality. 

“The District is providing us with regular updates on the situation,” said Gammer. “We wish to maintain our strong, collaborative approach with the District of Hudson’s Hope and remain in regular contact with staff as they work to resolve the situation.”

The district issued a boil water notice Thursday, saying its water plant had stopped working and that the community water system was being run with untreated well water. 

The district is offering five gallon bottles of water to residents, one per household. The water is for drinking, brushing teeth, and cooking – with each bottle meant to last two to four days, the district said in a public service announcement.

Water quality has been a concern since the district switched its source last February, a change prompted by the development of Site C.

Mayor Dave Heiberg said yesterday that the water coming into the plant contains bacteria and iron, which react together, with particles building up and clogging the reverse osmosis filters.

Heiberg says he’s aware residents have asked for a town hall to answer questions about the plant, but wants to touch base with council and staff before announcing a meeting. Most likely next week, he added.

“We’re going to share with the community as much as we can when we can, but we’re just confirming a few things,” he said. “Probably first of the week, I think that would be an appropriate time, just to get a couple days under our belts to know what we’re doing.”

The town is in the process of hauling water from Chetwynd and Fort St. John to supplement and bypass filters, noted Heiberg.

“We’re in the process of hauling water, but we’re also in the process of trying to bypass our filters and pre-filters, and they tell me we have a blending line that can used to pump water into raw water into the reservoir – we’re just confirming if we can do that,” said Heiberg. “If it works, that will help us pump raw water into the aquifer, but we’ll still have to boil it.” 


Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. 

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