More than 600 people on the remote Ahousaht First Nation off the coast of Tofino have been without clean drinking water for several days.
“Our main water line, we only have one that runs clean filtered water to our community.”
Ahousaht First Nation Deputy Chief Councillor Patti Charleson says a pipe bursted on Friday, shutting down the entire water system.
Crews have a temporary solution, and homes have access to untreated water from a dam but it must be boiled.
“They’ve got another line hooked up allowing us to get water directly from a dam a few kilometres away from the community but we are getting water.”
“We are getting water into our taps, into our toilets, we have the ability to do laundry now. How long that will last? I’m not sure.”
There’s also a boil-water advisory.
Charleson says neighboring municipalities have donated bottled water.
Crews hope to have the problem fixed by Wednesday