Steps for tainted water

March 21, 2016 – Castanet

Provincial officials are expected to hold a public meeting for Spallumcheen residents about steps to be taken to try to solve the problem of the tainted Hullcar aquifer. Details of the April 11 meeting are still being worked out, but it may be held at the Hullcar community centre, said Ministry of Environment spokesperson Christine Zacharias-Homer.

Officials, who met with members of the local farming community Monday afternoon, are hoping to convince agriculture producers to voluntarily adopt “sustainable ways to do agriculture planning,” including the devleopment of nutrient management plans.

Local residents point the finger at effluent spraying on farmland as a main cause of the high nitrate level found in the drinking water.

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