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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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Interior Health issued a boil water notice for Walhachin on January 3 due to equipment failure. Our records indicate that the small water system which serves 31 people is managed by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and has had 10 water advisories since 2012, mostly due to turbidity or equipment failure.

“There was a power outage,” says TNRD water technician Shawn Kratchmer. “The system is back up and running and the advisory will be lifted as soon as we get the results of the water samples tests.” As for the recurring equipment failure leading to advisories, “things break down.” she says.

Walhachin (population 100) is a small ghost town located about 65 km west of Kamloops on the south shore of the Thompson River. In its heyday from 1909-1914, this historic town was an affluent colony of English settlers and was often termed “Canada's Camelot”

According to Tourism Kamloops, plans began to lease land east of the mouth of Deadman's Creek in early 1905, the first apple trees were planted in early 1909 and a post office and palatial hotel opened in 1910. However when the war broke out, the population of mostly young men volunteered, leaving grand development plans and a ghost town behind.

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