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LONG LAKE, ON: HYDRAULIC FLUID SPILL LEADS TO DWA IN NORTHERN ONTARIO
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A drinking water advisory (DWA) has been issued for residents who draw their water from Long Lake in the area of Dew Drop Road.
The Sudbury &District Health Unit (SDHU) has alerted residents not to consume the water, as hydraulic fluid has been spilled in the lake.
"(People) were bringing a dock in on a trailer, something happened with the trailer and the (hydraulic fluid) line broke," said Burgess Hawkins, Manager of Environmental Health for SDHU, adding, "About 15L (of the fluid) got into the water.
Hawkins told this reporter that Ontario's Ministry of Environment has overseen a clean-up of the spill but as a precautionary measure the DWA will remain in place until at least the middle of next week.
"What we're waiting for is the tests results from the surface water," Hawkins said, "Ensuring the hydrocarbons at the surface level aren't an issue."
Between 15 and 18 residences are affected by the spill but with the proper precaution, nobody is expected to fall ill.
"It is a light fluid so it floats," Hawkins said, "Most of the intakes (which take water from deeper down in the lake) wouldn't get affected by it but if there was some rough water it could mix and get in there."
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, consumption of hydraulic fluids can lead to gostrointestinal and nervous system issues. Like any hydrocarbon substance, it's best left unconsumed if at all possible.
Boiling water will not reduce the harm, so residents have been advised to use bottled water for consumption in the meantime.
Hawkins said, "As soon as we can lift it we'll put out the press release. If you keep an eye on our website it will be out on that."
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