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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A broken waterline has led to a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) being issued in the Village of Warfield, British Columbia.

The advisory, issued on March 4, is affecting slightly under 200 homes in the lower part of the village.

Warfield is located in the West Kootenay region of BC and was built on the side of a mountain. Excess precipitation, in addition to the spring melt has resulted in some unstable ground in between the middle and lower parts of the village.

According to Jackie Patridge, the Village's Corporate Officer, the ground on the steep slope between those parts became sloughed as the result of a mini-mudslide and a waterline was taken with it.

"When we first looked at it, we looked to see if some of the mud got into the water system," Patridge said, "We then notified all the neighbours, called in some contractors to fix the issue and issued the boil water advisory to be careful."

Patridge was unsure as to exactly how long the repairs would take but estimated they would be completed by the middle of next week.

According to BC Interior Health policy, village officials will have to keep the BWA active until repairs are finished and four clean water tests have been completed twenty four hours apart from each other.

Warfield is located in between the cities of Trail and Rossland, which is home to one of North America's oldest ski resorts, Red Mountain.

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