Drinking water advisory issued for the Killarney Channel area

The capsizing of a barge this morning in the Killarney Channel of Lake Huron near the Town of Killarney caused a leak of oil into the waterway.

Update (December 8, 2015): Since issuing this release, the Health Unit received further information confirming that the barge did not capsize. A gravel truck fell off of the barge and into the water, causing a leak of oil into the waterway.

As a precaution, the Sudbury & District Health Unit is advising that those who take their drinking water directly from the Killarney Channel, or from wells supplied by the channel, not use that water for drinking or cooking until further notice. Residents obtaining their water from the Killarney Water System are not affected however, the municipality is requesting that residents utilize diligent water conservation.

Potable water can be obtained at the Killarney Municipal Office.  Please bring disinfected containers to the Municipal Office to carry the water.

Health Unit staff will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the public as soon as more information is known.

For more information, please call the Sudbury & District Health Unit at 705.522.9200, toll-free 1.866.522.9200 or visit www.sdhu.com.

This item was last modified on December 9, 2015