Old Massett Posts Rainwater Advisory
The Acting Band Manager for Old Massett has advised area residents not to drink rainwater because of concern about radiation from Japan.
John Disney says the village has been conducting its own tests for radiation in water sources since late March.
While the March 24th sample showed only background radiation levels, later tests showed increased levels of iodine 131 prompting the advisory.
Disney says his own experience with a home rainwater system during the Chernobyl meltdown 25 years ago has taught him that it is much better to err on the side of caution adding Haida Gwaii does stick out farther than the rest of the country toward Japan.
He says he has experienced pressure from government authorities to stop the testing, but he says he can’t do that when the health of the community is at stake.
Disney adds that many elders in the community like to make their tea with rainwater and others have rainwater systems that supply their homes.
He says he will continue to submit water for independent testing.
April 7, 2011