Drinking water advisory issued for Fenelon Falls

A drinking water advisory is in place for the Fenelon Falls area.

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District (HKPR) Health Unit issued a statement late last night stating residents who draw their water from the Fenelon River should use a proper filtration and disinfection system before consuming the water.

This comes after relentless rain hit the region all day Saturday. While the City of Kawartha Lakes says the Fenelon Falls Sewage Treatment Plant is currently receiving higher than normal sewage flows due to the rain and raw sewage is bypassing into the river from the Colborne Street Sewage Pumping Station located at the bottom of the locks.

The City says the effect on water quality will be minimal because the significant rainfall will dilute it. Although, residents drawing water downstream from the river should take precautions.

“Surface water can be contaminated by viruses, bacteria or parasites that can cause illness,” said Dharminder Kaler, Public Health Inspector, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “It is important to treat the water before drinking or using the water 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.