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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A Boil Water Notice is in effect for Lac La Hache Provincial Park in the South Cariboo region of British Columbia.

According to Chris Russell, Environmental Health Officer for Interior Health BC, the Boil Water Notice was issued June 30 in response to two sample sites testing positive for bacteriological contamination. In addition, the water system operator also reported that the chlorinator was not functioning as intended.

The 24 hectare park has 83 campsites and a day-use area, so the population served varies based on the park's use. It is estimated that fewer than 500 people per day will be affected by the notice.

The advisory is posted on the BC Parks website with a recommendation to boil water for at least five minutes prior to consumption. "The advisory will remain in effect until repairs/remedial actions have been carried out and follow up sampling is acceptable," said Russell.

Lac La Hache is one of 21 provincial parks in British Columbia that are listed as having a water advisory. Although the province does have more stringent reporting practices, the number is significantly higher than any of its sister provinces.

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