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Water Today Title December 15, 2017

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Advisory of the Day



Don't drink it, don't bathe in it, don't use it. That's what 380 people in Lynden were urged to do on Wednesday, after E.coli was detected in water samples during routine testing. The thing is their tap water also intermittently contains lead levels above the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards of 0.01mg/L and you can't boil it away.

As of Wednesday afternoon, tanker trucks were providing potable water to residents at the local fire hall.

It was probably an sampling error," says a Hamilton city spokesperson. "We've already flushed the system and the first new samples have returned negative. We are expecting the second set of tests tonight and if all is OK, Health will probably lift the advisory."

As for the lead, Lynden has had issues since 2006. When the problem was first detected, a series of tests revealed that the lead was probably in the groundwater at undetectable levels and Health Canada advised to leave it there. Residents were told to use filters.

"When they aerate and chlorinate the tank it settles in the contact tank," he says."But if there's a breach or turbulence the lead is dispersed within the sediment, increasing its level at the tap."

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