10/18/2012 06:10 EDT | Updated 12/18/2012 05:12 EST

Drinking Water In B.C. Town Still Unsafe After June Flood


People in Sicamous, B.C., are still without clean drinking water five months after massive flooding.

Flooding last summer devastated the town's water treatment plant, and since then the community's water has been too turbid to drink.

"It's a real struggle when you can't even brush your teeth by turning the tap on, and bottled water for cooking," said Jana Nelson.

Nelson works at Moose Mulligan's Pub and Restaurant and since June, the staff have had to truck in water to stay open.

"It would be nice to give a glass of water to a customer when they come in," said Nelson.

But she's hopeful their water woes are nearing an end.

The B.C. government has announced a $50,000 pilot project to test a new filtration technology for the Sicamous water treatment plant.

Sicmous Mayor Darrell Trouton says if that works, the next step is a $4.5-million plant, the cost of which will be split between the province, the federal government and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

"You know it's always tough to come up with the funds, but we are going to do everything we can," said Trouton.

"This is a large priority for our community to have water, basically the number one thing we need to deal with right now."

There's no timeline for when construction might begin on the water treatment plant, and until then the district will continue to truck in water from neighbouring communities.

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