UPDATE: BYPASS ENDED
KAWARTHA LAKES-The Fenelon Falls Wastewater System – Colborne St. Sewage Pumping Station is currently bypassing, releasing raw sewage into the Fenelon River.
In addition, the sewage treatment plant is partially bypassing the sand filtration process (tertiary treatment), however effluent is still receiving UV disinfection prior to outlet into the Fenelon River.
Officials say the system is currently receiving higher than normal sewage flows due to extreme wet weather, and the amount of wastewater entering the sewer system has exceeded the capacity of the system. According to the City the impact of the spill on water quality will be minimal given dilution due to significant rainfall, however residents drawing water downstream from the Colborne St. Sewage Pumping Station (bottom side of Fenelon locks) should take precautions.
The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District (HKPR) Health Unit advises residents who draw their water from the Fenelon River to use a proper filtration and disinfection system before consuming the water. Surface water can be contaminated by viruses, bacteria or parasites that can cause illness. Although extra precaution should be taken during the bypass event, it is always important to ensure that surface water is properly treated before drinking or using to be sure it is safe.
Homes and businesses connected to municipal water from the Fenelon Falls Drinking Water System are not affected and their water continues to be safe to drink.
Residents will be advised when the bypass event has ended.