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FOLEYET, ON: WAITING FOR SPARE PART FOLLOWING WATER MAIN BREAK
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The Sudbury and District Health Unit (SDHU) issued a drinking water advisory (DWA) for the Town of Foleyet, an unincorporated part of the Sudbury District in Ontario. According to the SDHU press release, the advisory is a result of a "loss of pressure as a result of a mechanical issue." No further explanation is provided in the release.
We contacted the SDHU and were able to speak with Burges Hawkins, Manager of the Environmental Health Division.
Hawkins explained that the mechanical issue was in fact "a break in the main," that links the water treatment plant to the town.
When asked about a timetable for re-establishing water service to the town, Hawkins responded that as of now "there isn't one, because the repairs have not been completed."
The delay in repair work is related to not having the necessary parts on hand. "They are hoping to have the pieces in today and then get all the work done."
Foleyet is located five hours north of Sudbury and "is a very small town, they don't have the spare parts there, they have to bring the part in," Hawkins underlined. "They just don't have the kind of spare parts that you would find in southern Ontario."
Because of the delay in repair work, samples have not been collected for testing and will be done once the necessary parts have been replaced.
"There is no problem with the plant, it just can't put water out into the distribution system," Hawkins said. The approximately 200 residents "can come [to the plant] and fill containers with water."
Until the Town receives the parts to repair the main break residents will have to do without water coming to their homes.
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