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Vancouver Island community left without water after barge severs water main

Ucluelet – A First Nation community on Vancouver Island has called for am immediate stop to water use by residents because the primary local water supply pipe was severed by a barge. The immediate ban on use of water does not include flushing toilets.

The District of Ucluelet issued a Public Notice on their website say the water main in the Ucluelet inlet between Ucluelet and Hitacu was damaged Monday, leaving the communities with no water for showering, cooking, drinking or the fire suppression system.

Ucluelet says although the water main is currently damaged and not working, they are dedicated to keeping the residents supplied with water. Ucluelet set up a water supply truck to haul water from Ucluelet to Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. Residents of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ are asked to contact their local Government for more information.

“Currently, there is no direct water supply to Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. A water supply truck has been regularly hauling water to Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ from Ucluelet’s water system at Lost Shoe Creek. Work on the damaged water line is progressing well and our public works team is moving quickly to re-establish this critical line back to service and re-supplying water to Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ.”

“Please be advised that while repairs to the water line are in progress, the Pat Leslie Boat Launch will remain CLOSED to the public, effective immediately. We will issue a Public Notice confirming its re-opening, when the water line repairs are complete.”

The District said divers removed 300m of the water main. The damaged section has been cut out and repairs have started Today. After the repairs are completed the team will need to barge the pipe back out in to the inlet to reattach to the other section that remains underwater.

The community water pipes will need to be flushed before use. Residents are asked to use the outside taps of their homes to flush out and browning water before personal consumption.

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