Drinking water advisory lifted for the Town of Gogama

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On Thursday, Public Health Sudbury & Districts has lifted the drinking water advisory that came into effect July 19 for residents of the Town of Gogama.

Public Health issued the drinking water advisory because of a temporary loss of pressure in the municipal water system. The water has been tested to ensure its safety.

“The bacteriological quality of the water supply has been tested with no adverse results being reported,” said Jonathan Groulx, a manager in the Public Health’s health protection division.

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Public Health Sudbury & Districts has issued a drinking water advisory for all residents of the Town of Gogama.

In a news release, the health unit said 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 fruit and vegetables; or brushing teeth.

"Boiling the water may not make it safe for drinking," the release said. "For these purposes, water from an alternate source, such as bottled water, should be used. The water can be used for laundry and bathing (excluding small children who could swallow the water)."

Although the Gogama Drinking Water System has re-established the water supply, which was interrupted due to mechanical issues, residents should not use the water for human consumption until advised otherwise by the health unit.

“It is possible that the loss of water pressure created conditions that compromised the safety of the drinking water,” Jonathan Groulx, a manager in Public Health’s health protection division, said in the release.

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

Public Health staff will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the municipality when the drinking water advisory is lifted and residents will be informed.

For more information, call the health unit at 705-522-9200, ext. 398, or toll-free 1-866-522-9200 or visit www.phsd.ca