Water Contamination -2
THE MUDSLIDE'S TO BLAME
Fourteen days after the initial Do Not Drink Advisory was issued for Linx and Brenot Creeks in northeastern BC, everyone's holding their cards pretty close to their chest, with nobody much wanting to talk about it; neither officials, nor landowners nor consultants were willing to comment.
On September 18, this new advisory was issued by BC Northern Health and posted on Hudson's Hope's website :
"Residents of the Lynx Creek area downstream of the confluence with Brenot Creek are advised not to drink the water from the creeks until further notice due to a mudslide in the area. Residents upstream of the slide area, approximately 3.5 kilometers northwest of the confluence of Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek, are advised to undergo normal creek water disinfection before drinking. The District of Hudsonís Hope water system is not affected by this advisory.
There is a low risk to well users in the area, however if people have questions they can contact their local environmental health officer at 250-263-6000.
Users of water downstream on the Peace River should take precautions if the water seems cloudy or if there is any unusual taste or odour. The plume of sediment from Lynx will eventually disperse throughout the Peace, and will become inconsequential, but how far downstream that full-mixing will occur is not known and difficult to estimate. The water issues are associated directly with the naturally occurring landslide.
Water Contamination -1
IS FRACKING THE ROOT CAUSE OF HUDSON'S HOPE WATER WOES?
On September 10, the District of Hudsonís Hope, in northeast BC issued a water quality advisory.
Residents were warned not to drink or use water from Lynx and Brenot Creeks.
The district advised against using it for ďdrinking water, livestock watering, and irrigation, due to the presence of heavy metals at concentrations above the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines.Ē
ďBoiling water will not make the water potable,Ē the district warns. At this time we cannot comment on the water quality of water wells that are within the proximity of the contaminated site."
The contaminants discovered include: aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, and uranium. The source of the contamination Ė and whether it is related to local shale gas activity Ė has yet to be determined as the result of tests were only received on Tuesday.
There has been growing concern and considerable grumbling from landowners in the Hudson's Hope area since fracking projects have overtaken the land, following the discovery of some of the largest unconventional gas reservoirs in North America.
Whether fracking is the cause of many of the area wells sanding up is not verified, but the mayor of Hudson's Height is hoping that an independent study of water wells being completed by GW Solutions will allow for baseline data on groundwater to be established and answers to be found.
About half of the population of Hudsonís Hope, in rural areas, are on water wells and many have already had problems. Some have been able to solve the issues with new filters, others have pulled them out and resorted to water hauling.
To compound the issue, the area has had one of the driest summers in half a century, triggering massive forest fires on Mount McAllister and forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Hudsonís Hope in July.
Last week's do not crink advisory was issued after a landowner whose dugout had dried out wanted to water his livestock in Brenot Creek until he noticed a cloudy substance on the surface of the water and decided to have it tested before allowing his herds to drink.
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