Hooking up to a municipal water system would provide a Spallumcheen water district and its users with a safe and reliable supply of water.
The Interior Health Authority was responding to a letter from the township in regards to concerns about rising nitrate levels in the Steele Springs Water District source.
Asked about alternative water sources for the Steele Springs users, IHA drinking water officer Janelle Kwan responded that connecting to a municipal supply system would be the best option.
“This would provide users with a safe, sustainable, reliable supply of water,” wrote Kwan.
“Interior Health would strongly advise the Steele Springs Water District to further investigate this option with the Township of Spallumcheen and City of Armstrong.”
Other options, wrote Kwan, may include the investigation of local deeper wells in the surrounding area.
Because it could take years for the aquifer quality to improve on its own, the waterworks district has suggested a deep well could be a short-term solution to ensure water supply for residents.
The Steele Springs issue, as well as concerns with other utilities, was raised by Spallumcheen council at the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities conference.
Coun. Todd York asked if Kwan’s letter had been forwarded to the Steele Springs executive. Chief administrative officer Corey Paiement assured York the letter had been sent.