Recent rainfall allows for lifting of treated drinking water ban at B.C.’s Sunshine Coast
Area has experienced severe drought for weeks
November 1, 2022 By Ground Water Canada
British Columbia – A two-week-long ban on using treated drinking water is being lifted on the province’s Sunshine Coast.
The ban was enacted as an emergency measure while parts of British Columbia battled severe drought. The ban is to be lifted one minute before midnight tonight.
Non-essential businesses, including breweries and concrete, asphalt and gravel companies, were forbidden from using treated drinking water during the ban period. The order impacted the Sunshine Coast Regional District, the District of Sechelt and the shíshálh Nation.
Heavy rainfall of late helped increase the flow of Chapman Creek which has allowed for the lifted ban. The area, however, remains under a state of local emergency. The ban was enacted Oct. 18 when the water supply to the Sechelt area was in jeopardy of running dry.
Local officials have warned that restrictions could be implemented again if there is further insufficient rainfall or if the flow of the creek is impacted by freezing temperatures.
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