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Ahousaht First Nation moves to solve water crisis after leaks – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 2018178 Views

November 8, 2018

The water level is rising in the reservoir serving the First Nations community of Ahousaht, north of Tofino, but concerns about the capacity to fight fires remain, as does a boil-water advisory.

The First Nation declared a local state of emergency after multiple leaks in the community’s water distribution system led reservoir levels to drop to 32 per cent, said Ahousaht Chief Greg Louie. A water level of at least 60 per cent is needed for firefighting capacity.

As of Wednesday, all known leaks had been repaired, he said. A barge was bringing more water to the water treatment plant, and bacteriological tests of the water were due back on Friday.

“We have to wait and see now, with this new bargeload of water coming and the leak repaired, if our reservoir will surpass firefighting levels,” Louie said, “and, if there’s rain tomorrow, if there will be turbidity.”

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