By Marc Lalonde Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A B.C. First Nation is celebrating the end of a long-term drinking-water advisory that has plagued the community for the last four years, the nation announced last week. The Okanagan Indian Band held a Water Celebration April 5 to mark the completion of their water systems improvement project, thereby ending a long-term drinking-water advisory that had been in place since 2019. Elevated levels of manganese were cited as the cause of the advisory, which meant his meant that bottle-fed infants and expecting mothers had to use bottled water. Notwithstanding the elevated levels of manganese, the community also did not have access to adequate water reservoir capacity, limiting their ability to provide sufficient fire protection. Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron
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