Public notice issued about glue and fuel-products spill into B.C. lake

Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm
The City of Salmon Arm overlooking Shuswap Lake where water has been contaminated. Photo by The Canadian Press.

SALMON ARM , B.C. — The City of Salmon Arm, B.C., has stopped using water from Shuswap Lake after a spill of thousands of litres of run-off water containing glue and fuel products.

Interior Health has issued a public notice, saying the city is using an alternate source for water.

It says the spill occurred near the shoreline of Canoe Forest Products, and that the Environment Ministry is involved.

The health authority says until risks are assessed, the public should avoid recreational activities such as fishing from 300 metres off the log booms in the southern arm of the lake.

Residents who have private water sources that draw from that part of the lake are also advised not to use the water.

The City of Salmon Arm website says it takes 85 per cent of its water supply from the lake and the rest from East Canoe Creek.

The Canadian Press

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