Small Fuel Spill in Muskoka May Impact Private Water Supplies

Posted On Tuesday February 11, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - VIA SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNTI                                                                                

 FEB 11/2020                             

Small Fuel Spill in Muskoka May Impact Private Water Supplies

 

Town of Gravenhurst – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is advising the public of a small fuel spill into the South Beaver Creek yesterday, following a transport truck collision on Highway 11 southbound just south of Beiers Road.

Private drinking water supplies may be impacted if they draw water from South Beaver Creek. Private well water under the direct influence of surface water in this area may also be impacted by the fuel spill.    

As a precaution, SMDHU is recommending not to use your private water supply if a sheen or fuel smell is present in surface water near your home and an alternate water source should be used. Drinking water samples can be submitted to a licensed laboratory for testing if you have a private water supply that may have been impacted by the recent diesel fuel spill.

The Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) is monitoring the on-going clean-up.

More information on testing private water supplies through licensed laboratories can be found at: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/SafeWater/drinkingwater/chemicalsminerals.aspx or by calling Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

 Media Coordinators

705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520     

Kathy Dermott (x 8533)

mediainquiry@smdhu.org