Groundwater contaminated in Keno City, Yukon
Health officials testing water after high levels of cadmium, zinc found
Health officials in Yukon are doing water tests in Keno City, Yukon, after finding extremely high levels of contamination in nearby groundwater.
Contractors who are reclaiming the nearby mine site recently alerted the officials about the dangerous levels of cadmium and zinc.
Health Minister Doug Graham said residents have been alerted.
"I don’t think they should be really concerned because it is a naturally occurring thing here, but we thought in the interests of safety, people should know what is going on there and just stay on top of the situation," he said.
Graham said four private wells in the area have proven safe for drinking water in the past.
He’s cautioning residents not to use those four wells until new tests are done.