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Truckers keep business flowing during drought

TOFINO, B.C. — Tanker trucks delivering water to the drought-stricken Tofino, B.C. will allow the town to carry on with business as usual.

The tourist town is situated in a rainforest on Vancouver Island and was in danger of shutting down before the Labour Day weekend after a hot and dry summer had left the town’s water reservoir depleted.

With no rain in the weather forecast in the near future all lodging and food-service businesses were being forced to shut down on Sept. 1, to conserve water for residential use.

An emergency council meeting the day before the shutdown concluded with a proposal to truck in as much as 200,000 gallons of water from the nearby Town of Ucluelet. A local businessman pledged $50,000 to get the trucks rolling and shortly after tanker trucks added nearly 76,000 litres to Tofino’s water system.

— with files from Canadian Press

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