Ucluelet water supply line damaged beyond repair, district says


The water supply line that crosses Ucluelet Inlet to Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation (Ucluelet) will need to be completely replaced, the District of Ucluelet announced in a public notice Saturday.

The water supply line that crosses Ucluelet Inlet to Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation (Ucluelet) will need to be completely replaced, the District of Ucluelet announced in a public notice Saturday.

“After careful assessment, it has become clear that the existing water supply line has been damaged beyond repair and will need to be completely replaced,” the statement said.

The line, which brings drinking water to the community of 280 members, may have been damaged by more frequent and higher tidal currents resulting from a volcanic eruption near Tonga last weekend. A state of emergency has been declared by the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, which has been without its regular supply of drinking water since Monday morning.

District crews and contractors were trying to repair the water main, while delivery trucks were bringing in 18-litre canisters of drinking water.

“We are now in the process of confirming the possibility of repurposing an existing submerged line,” the district said. “The parts needed to bring the line online will arrive on Monday, after which the team will immediately begin installing them.”

Once the line is installed, the crew can quickly confirm if it can be used.

“This is good news because the submerged water pipe, once confirmed usable, will provide a more reliable, safe and possibly faster source of drinking water in Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ,” the district said.

Further updates will be provided early next week.

Although there are no boat traffic restrictions in the cove this weekend, the Pat Leslie boat launch will remain closed.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the Ucluelet District Municipal Office at 250-726-7744.

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