Kawkawa Lake sewer line breaks

A dive team is expected in Hope this week to assess and fix the line

A sewer line running underneath Kawkawa Lake ruptured on Sunday.

The district has since taken measures to shut down the pump station and First Class Waste tanker trucks are on site to transport sewage until the necessary repairs are made. A dive team is expected in Hope this week to assess and fix the line.

“There’s nothing coming out of it anymore,” said acting CAO Donna Bellingham.

“Residents are not affected at all really. However, right now we’re asking people to stay off the lake until we can work with the dive team and get the problem rectified.”

The lake water itself was affected by the sewer line break, not the District of Hope water system.

Although there was a relatively small amount of discharge, Fraser Health issued a precautionary warning.

Residents should never use untreated lake water for domestic purposes, such as drinking, preparing infant formulas, juices, ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking and personal or dental hygiene.

The District of Hope has notified all required provincial authorities and all required water testing will be conducted.