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Well-drinking water could be contaminated in flooded B.C. areas

A rising Coldwater River overtook parts of Merritt on Monday, with flood waters remaining on Nov. 16, 2021, as seen from aerial drone footage.
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The Province of B.C. is advising residents that drinking-water wells in flooded areas of the province could be contaminated.

“If people get their water from a permitted community drinking-water supply system, the water supplier will provide information on the safety of the water. For those who own or are responsible for a private drinking-water well that has been affected by flooding, they need to assess their well and take action to protect the people who use water from the well,” according to a press release issued by the province.

The government is also asking residents to respect evacuation orders and never re-enter flood zones unless emergency management officials say otherwise.

Interior Health resources for natural disasters and emergencies are available online.

Specific information on well water testing and disinfection is also available through B.C. Health File and the Ministry of Environment.

General Information on flooding can be found through HealthLinkB.C.


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