April 21, 2005

Water test results along route of spill

NEWMARKET York Region Health Services offers an update to the sewage spill near Warden Avenue and Aurora Sideroad which occurred on April 16, 2005.
The Ministry of the Environment is the lead agency in the investigation into the incident which discharged approximately 5.4 million gallons of partially treated sewage onto the surface of the ground and into a tributary that feeds into the Bogart Creek within the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. (Bogart Creek flows north-west to Bogart Pond in the Town of Newmarket).
The source of contamination has been stopped. Most recent stream sampling tests conducted by the Ministry of the Environment along the route of the spill indicate levels of E coli that typically could be found in rivers and streams due to various sources of contamination, including animal wastes from pets, wildlife, water fowl and farm animals. No further Public Health action is deemed necessary at this time.
As always, residents are reminded that water quality in all rivers and streams, especially during spring run-off, may be questionable and contaminated by run-off from the surface of the ground, including animal faeces. Children should be reminded not to put their hands in their mouth and to wash their hands especially after playing near rivers and streams.
The sewage spill has not impacted on York Region or municipal water supplies.
For more information on well water safety, contact York Region Health Services Safe Water Line at 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 4128. For more information on other health related matters, contact Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
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:
Kim Clark, York Region Health Services
 905-830-4444 Ext. 4101

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