The B.C. government says water testing results following a massive mine tailings spill are within guidelines for drinking water and aquatic life.
The samples were collected Monday, after the tailings dam at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley gold and copper mine burst open, releasing water and silt into adjacent lakes, rivers and creeks.
A memo posted to the provincial government’s website says the tests looked at pH, suspended heavy metal solids, dissolved solids and other properties.
The memo says the results found nothing that exceeded B.C. or Health Canada drinking water guidelines.
The memo says aquatic life and fish aren’t expected to be affected, though it says fish tissue samples still must be collected.
Residents in the area have been under a total water ban since Monday.