Drinking water advisory lifted for Whitson River

The Sudbury & District Health Unit has lifted the drinking water advisory that came into effect Monday, August 31, 2015, for residents who draw their water from the Whitson River.

The Health Unit issued the drinking water advisory because of an unknown oily substance observed in the river. The source of the oily slick has been identified as a food-grade oil and poses no risk to humans.

What to do after a drinking water advisory is lifted and before using the water:

  • Flush your treatment system and replace your filters
  • Run cold water faucets for five minutes or until the water runs clear.
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters.
  • Large-volume users (for example, schools) may need to run cold water taps for a longer period of time on first use.
  • To get rid of sediment, screens should be removed, rinsed and put back in place.

For more information, please call the Sudbury & District Health Unit at 705.522.9200, ext. 398, toll-free 1.866.522.9200 or visit www.sdhu.com.

This item was last modified on August 31, 2015