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A lodge in Northern British Columbia is under a boil water notice due to water sampling issues.

The Liard Hot Springs lodge is located along the Alaska Highway near the province's border with Yukon Territory.

Its remoteness, although adding to its charm, has unfortunately resulted in water samples not being received by accredited labs in a timely manner.

"It's not that there's something the matter the sample," said Cheryl Burke, the lodge's property manager, "It just takes too long (to be delivered). We send it Fort Nelson and they send it to Fort St. John."

As the journey's a long one which can take well over ten hours, they have been sending the samples by the greyhound bus that runs past the lodge.

"We've got to get up at two AM to get the samples out on the bus," Burke said. She also added that the bus only comes a few times a week.

The managers are currently consulting with Northern Health Authority on coming up with a plan that will work for all parties but have yet to figure anything out.

In addition to the late samples, some work needs to be done on the system.

Northern Health Authority has suggested a flush of the holding tank and well that is used as the lodge's water source.

However, a back-up water truck is needed, as the lodge has run out of fresh water when performing the operation in the past.

Burke said that they were getting set to do the flush soon. In the meantime, they've brought in large 18.9 litre jugs to provide their guests with fresh water while the advisory is in place.

Signs have also been placed on taps around the lodge and water for amenities like coffee is being boiled previous to use.

The lodge is located across the highway from Canada's second largest natural hot spring and acts as a stopping point for tourists heading up to Yukon Territory or Alaska.

They underwent some renovations in spring and re-opened a restaurant for their guests on May 9.

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