April 16, 2005

York Region Health Services urges precaution along water tributaries of the Bogart Creek

NEWMARKET – York Region Health Services urges precaution for people near or along water tributaries that feed into the Bogart Creek within the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Town of Newmarket following a significant sewage spill at a private facility at King Cole Ducks Ltd.
King Cole Ducks is located near Warden Avenue and Aurora Sideroad in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is investigating the incident, which occurred late Friday evening.  Staff from York Region’s public health and water and wastewater departments continue to work with the ministry regarding this incident.
York Region Health Services has issued a Boil Water Advisory to residents within the immediate vicinity of the sewage spill.  Public Health inspectors have gone door-to-door notifying residents within the potentially impacted area (north-east corner of Warden Avenue and Aurora Sideroad) of the Boil Water Advisory, and requesting water samples.
The sewage spill has not impacted on York Region and municipal drinking water supplies.
The MOE has conducted water sampling along the route of the spill, and results will be available in the next 24 to 48 hours.  A further update will be provided once these test results are returned.
The private sewage treatment facility is not operated by the Regional Municipality of York or the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.york.ca
For media inquiries regarding investigation of the sewage spill, please contact:
John Steele, Ministry of the Environment
416 314-6666

For media inquiries regarding York Region public health concerns, please contact:
   Patrick Casey, Director of Corporate Communications, York Region
 905-830-4444 Ext. 1235 or Cell 905 715-8211

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