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Widespread liability if public gets sick from bad water

As you heard on Daybreak on Monday, the South East Kelowna Irrigation District is in a bit of a bind.

In order to meet federal and provincial water treatment standards, it needs to upgrade its system. But last week, ratepayers opposed the district's attempt to borrow the money to make that happen.

The irrigation district's general manager told us he's hoping senior levels of government will eventually give them grants to pay for the upgrades, but in the meantime, the project is on hold.

What was unclear though, is who would be liable should someone get sick from drinking the water.

To help unravel that mystery, Daybreak host Chris Walker was joined in studio by Nelson Jatel, member of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and currently working on his master's degree in water governance at UBC Okanagan.
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