Background: A small, rural, and isolated aboriginal community in central British Columbia, the Kluskus Indian Reserve lacks access to potable water meeting the Canadian federal and provincial standards. Two deep, untreated water wells with high iron and manganese levels are the current water source; ;they are also located in close proximity to a failing septic bed.. These heavy metals cannot be removed via boiling. The residents find the colour, taste and residual stains of the water unpleasant and thus rely on bottled water for consumption. Kluskus is in the process of determining the feasibility of an alternative drinking water source. Currently, the community lives under a boil water advisory.
Scope of Work: Our work for 2015-2017 will focus on determining the feasibility of surface and ground water (including Tony’s Lake and Kluskus Creek) as drinking water sources. This process will involve developing a comprehensive water quality database for each source, collecting data on their potential to form disinfection by-products, identifying the optimal point to draw water, identifying suitable water well locations, and understanding trends in source water quality to develop a treatment plan.