KAWARTHA LAKES-The Health Unit has issued a Drinking Water Advisory for residents drawing water from private wells in parts of Thurstonia impacted by a recent fuel spill.
137,139 and 143 Hazel Street and 12, 14 and 16 Hill Top Street in Dunsford have been advised not to consume water from the tap or use it for bathing, brushing teeth, cooking, washing fruits and vegetables or dishwashing.
The City says residents should use bottled water or water from a municipal drinking water system.
“This condition may result in a risk to you that cannot be corrected by boiling water or by disinfection.” said the advisory.
Approximately 100 litres of “weathered” fuel oil accidentally leaked into Sturgeon Lake on March 30th.
On April 21, the City of Kawartha Lakes advised the Ministry of the Environment that they had traced the source of the spill to a former residential furnace oil tank in the area.
The Ministry has issued a Provincial Officer’s Order to the property owner to take immediate actions to contain and mitigate the spill as well as require the retention of an environmental consultant to develop and implement an action plan and restore the natural environment.
“Containment and clean-up measures at the property and within Sturgeon Lake remain in place and the ministry continues to monitor clean-up efforts closely.” said Gary Wheeler, Ministry Of the Environment spokesperson.