Drinking Water Advisory Lifted For Four Islands

Ohiarihako:wa / July 17, 2015

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Community Health Program and Environmental Health Officer is notifying the region that based on the most updated information about the safety of the river water, the Drinking Water Advisory for Hamilton Island, Pilon Island, Dickerson Island and Colquhoun Island is no longer in effect.

The precautionary advisory is being lifted because according to the Canadian Coast Guard, the Nadro Marine Company has suspended operations because it wanted to ensure the salvage crew’s safety facing strong currents in the St. Lawrence River. In the meantime, the authorities involved will continue working on other elements of the salvage operations that do not risk having an effect on water quality. Community Health has been working with the Eastern Ontario Health Board with regard to the water testing and safety, and the overall incident and recovery is being monitored by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Community Health may issue another precautionary water advisory for the affected area when the Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies resume the fuel recovery portion of the salvage plan. In the meantime, the authorities involved will continue working on other elements of the salvage operations that do not risk having an effect on water quality.

Residents whose private water system or small drinking water system draws water from the St. Lawrence River can now resume using their system for all their needs. Residents in the region can also resume swimming at beaches located near these islands.

Residents of the affected islands should run each of the household cold water taps for at least five minutes or until the water runs clear. 

If you have any questions regarding the water advisory please contact MCA’s Environmental Health Officer Naeem Irshad, Community Health Program, at 613-575-2341 Ext. 3226.