Earthy H2O not a hit in Tuff

Mother Nature’s offering of algae-flavoured water is not receiving good reviews in Tofino.

The “earthy” tasting water began flowing through local faucets during September’s Labour Day weekend and with it, complaints started trickling in to the district office.

District staff were sent out to investigate and discovered an algae bloom growing in the Ahkmaksis Reservoir, the youngest of Tofino’s four water reservoirs, all of which are located on Meares Island.

Ahkmaksis was immediately shut down and Tofino’s other three sources picked up the slack while the district researched the algae matter.

Samples sent to the Ministry of Health confirmed the water remained safe and the algae grow