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Updated: Drinking water advisory lifted for Killarney

Previous advisory had only been lifted Oct. 31

Updated Nov. 6

Public Health Sudbury and Districts have lifted the drinking water advisory for residents of Killarney.

According to a press release issued Tuesday evening, the drinking water advisory was issued because of a temporary loss of pressure due to a mechanical issue in the municipal water system. 

“The bacteriological quality of the water supply has been tested with no adverse results being reported,” said Burgess Hawkins in the release, manager in the Environmental Health Division. 

“Residents in the affected areas may notice chlorine odours and discoloured water.”

Before using the water, residents are asked to:

  • Run cold water faucets for five minutes or until the water runs clear
  • Run drinking fountains for five minutes or until the water runs clear
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters
  • Remove and rinse faucet screens to eliminate sediment

Large-volume users such as schools may need to run cold water taps for a longer period of time on first use.

Original Story

Only a few days after a previous advisory was lifted, a drinking water advisory has been issued once again for the residents of Killarney.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts issued a drinking water advisory for the hamlet Monday, Oct. 28, and it was lifted Thursday, Oct. 31. But another drinking water advisory was issued by the health unit Sunday, Nov. 3.

A drinking water advisory means that people who take their water from the municipal system should NOT use it for drinking; making juice, infant formula, or ice; cooking; washing uncooked fruits and vegetables; or brushing teeth. 

Boiling the water may not make it safe for drinking. For these purposes, water from an alternate source such as bottled water should be used. Bottled water used for making infant formula must still be boiled. 

For information on how to properly prepare infant formula using bottled water, please call Public Health’s Health Information Line at 705-522-9200, ext. 342 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200). The water can be used for laundry and bathing (excluding small children, who could swallow the water).

Although the Town of Killarney has re-established the water supply which was interrupted due to loss of pressure as a result of a mechanical issue, residents should not use the water for human consumption until advised otherwise by Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

“It is possible that the loss of water pressure created conditions that compromised the safety of the drinking water,” said Cynthia Peacock-Rocca, a manager in the Environmental Health Division. 

“Until bacteriological testing of the drinking water indicates a safe supply, the drinking water advisory will remain in effect as a precaution.”

Public Health Sudbury & Districts staff will continue to monitor the situation. We will notify the municipality when the drinking water advisory is lifted and residents will be advised.