Illegal drug lab threatens water safety east of Osoyoos, B.C.

Residents of about 25 properties in British Columbia's Boundary region have been ordered to stop using their
water until further notice.

Interior Health issued the order after RCMP reported a clandestine drug lab near Bridesville, east of Osoyoos, had dumped solvents and other hazardous materials into the soil, possibly contaminating the local water table.

The "do not use" order covers a three-kilometre radius between Bridesville and Rock Creek, but does not affect the communities of Bridesville, Rock Creek or Midway.

The health authority also says there is no risk to water from aquifers, deep wells, or for properties downstream along the Kettle River.

Officials believe the risks of exposure or health problems are low, and say the warning is a precautionary measure.

But they say the water ban will stay in place for the affected properties until further investigation and testing is complete.