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On January 7, 2017, three separate Do Not Consume (DNC) orders were issued for the drinking water at Pizza 97 A in Osoyoos British Columbia. Water plays a key role in the day to day business of a restaurant, a DNC could have serious impacts.

Osoyoos Town Hall confirmed that the home of "Osoyoos best pizza" is indeed open, and the affected water system is separate from the towns.

The DNC must cause some financial hardships for the establishment. If the restaurant cannot provide water for drinking, ice, and cooking it must find alternative means of doing so. We wanted to see how this situation affected business, we contacted Pizza 97 A, no one was available for comment.

Jennifer Jacobsen, Team Leader B.C. Environmental Health Services said that "restaurants are required under the Food Premises Regulation to have potable water." Pizza 97 A is under the same requirements as everybody else and is "required to meet the Drinking Water Act and Regulations" Jacobsen added.

British Columbia's Drinking Water Protection Act (SBC 2001) states that a "water supply system must provide potable drinking water." The water supplier must "monitor its drinking water source." Laboratories conducting the testing must report any samples that do not meet standards and must notify the supplier, water officer, and health officer.

For cases like this involving a restaurant, the procedure is the following, "a source assessment is conducted and risks are identified" Jacobsen said.

In Qu├ębec, according to the Environment Ministry (MDDELCC),the "obligations of the person responsible for a private drinking water supply system, whether it be a restaurant or other type of establishment, are similar to those of municipalities." In the case that an event does occur in a restaurant, the operator "must inform the MDDELCC, and the regional public health authority as well as the public of the measures that they will undertake to address the situation."

The specific reason for issuing the DNCs at Pizza 97 A, was that "uranium and nitrate levels were above the Maximum Allowable Concentration." Jacobsen added that the restaurant was drawing its water from a "shallow well [which was] at risk of contamination from surface water." Luckily, situations with restaurants like this do "not happen very often" Jacobsen underlined.

Jacobsen highlighted that the good news is that "this water system is projected to be connected to the Osoyoos water system in May of this year".

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