March 15, 2016 2:51 pm
Updated: March 15, 2016 4:42 pm

Oliver comes up with temporary fix to water problem

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OLIVER — The town of Oliver says it has come up with a temporary solution to a serious water situation.

The town is dealing with a potential water shortage as the result of a rock slide in January in the Gallagher Lake area where a siphon on the canal irrigation system was heavily damaged.

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The canal provides water to the town, surrounding areas and Osoyoos Indian Band.

Officials say damage to the siphon is significant but has come up with a band-aid solution — inserting sleeves inside the siphon.

“This is a temporary solution for the irrigation season and cannot guarantee a 100 per cent fix if there are more damages or settlement,” the town says in a news release.

It says the town will be working on finding a permanent fix to the problem in the irrigation off-season.

Meantime,  the mayor of Oliver is currently lobbying the provincial government for funding to cover the costs associated with fixing the problem.

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