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Water Today Title October 16, 2018

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The Village of Ashcroft in Thompson County, BC lies at the confluence of the Bonaparte and Thompson Rivers. On May 25, a Water Quality Advisory was issued for the Ashcroft community water system. "This is not a Boil Water Advisory," says the town's CAO, Michelle Allen. "Recent tests indicate that the water quality is FAIR due to increased turbidity or cloudiness. It happens at this time of year with the spring run-off from the river."

A Water Quality Advisory is a precautionary measure intended to protect at-risk populations such as newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

"Right now are water treatment consists of chlorination," says Allen. "We've applied for provincial funding to upgrade the system with filtration and UV protection, which would solve this annual turbidity issue, but we have not heard back yet."

Ashcroft (pop. 1,628) was founded in the 1860s, during the Cariboo Gold Rush, by two English brothers. It has an arid climate. The Ashcroft area is the driest place in Canada outside of the high arctic, and the only truly arid place in Canada. Ashcroft also has one of the hottest summers in Canada, with a July average daily maximum temperature near 30 degrees C.

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