Drinking water caution for those impacted by flooding

May 5, 2023

It’s that time of year when the weather has warmed up and the snowpack is rapidly melting, causing some localized flooding in communities across Interior Health. 

Flooding causes devastation to infrastructure, municipal and personal property, but it can also have major health implications, such as contaminated water. Residents impacted by flooding need to be aware of the potential risks associated with drinking water at this time. 

“Roaring streams and high water in the spring are normal for folks in the B.C. interior, but our changing climate is resulting in increased frequency and severity of flooding in our region,” says Interior Health’s Manager of Drinking Water Systems Program Ivor Norlin. “Knowing where your water comes from and who provides it to your home is important for ensuring you’re quickly informed of possible drinking water health hazards.”

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