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CLINTON, BC: CONTINUED WILDFIRE ISSUES IN BC INTERIOR RESULTS IN BWN
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A wildfire related boil water notice is in effect for the Village of Clinton, British Columbia.
An almost unprecedented wildfire season is still ravaging the interior of the province and the drinking water needs of evacuated towns have had to play second fiddle to the race to put out blazes.
"The Village of Clinton, which is under an evacuation order due to wildfire activity, has issued a Boil Water Notice for its water system," an email response from Jessy Bhatti, Specialist Environmental Health Officer for BC Interior Health, said, "This is because the village's water treatment plant had to be bypassed in order to support the demand for water during fire suppression activities."
The water system, which draws from Clinton Creek and then captured in one of two reservoirs, normally serves approximately 600 people.
The Elephant Hill wildfire which has led to the evacuation is well over 80,000 hectares in area and expanding rapidly. It is one of over 850 fires that have struck the area this year.
At this point in time, Interior Health cannot say when the notification is expected to be rescinded due to high water demand.
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