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Water back on in Wahnapitae, but not safe to drink

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Feb 06, 2014 - 10:00 AM |

Testing must be completed before its declared safe

A Sudbury and District Health Unit drinking water advisory is still in effect for all residents in Wahnapitae and areas east of the town who draw their tap water from the Wanapitei Water Treatment Plant.

The advisory means people who get water from the municipal system should not use it for drinking, making juice, infant formula or ice. The water should also not be used be for cooking, washing uncooked fruits and vegetables, or brushing teeth. Boiling water may not make it safe for drinking, so residents should use water from an alternate source, such as bottled water.

Water may be used for laundry and bathing — excluding small children.

Residents can fill containers with drinking water at water filling stations on Bancroft Drive in Sudbury near Moonlight Beach Road, Spruce Street in Garson and Countryside Drive in Sudbury near the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

The water supply was interrupted due to a pipeline failure. While water is back on, it's not safe to drink until testing is complete.

“Once the work is completed, the system will be super-chlorinated and flushed,” said Burgess Hawkins, a manager in the Health Unit’s Environmental Health Division. “Until bacteriological testing of the drinking water indicates a safe supply, the drinking water advisory will remain in effect.”

Although Markstay was also affected by the same pipeline failure, the community is serviced by a reservoir and is not part of the advisory.

Health Unit staff will continue to monitor the situation will notify the public when the water is safe to drink. For more information, call the health unit at 705-522-9200, ext. 398, or toll-free 1-866-522-9200.

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