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A small private drinking water system in Harwood, Ontario is on a boil water advisory (BWA) after an adverse drinking water result was found.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRD) issued the BWA on Oct. 26, 2017 for Cartmel Apartments, which are located on Front Street, a short distance from the shores of Rice Lake.

According to Bill Eekhof, Communications Officer for HKPRD, six units in the apartment building are affected by the advisory. They're not entirely sure what's caused the problem at this time but most likely culprit is an equipment malfunction.

The apartment building sources its water from a well on the property and treats it with an onsite water treatment system. "The building owner is working with a contractor and representatives of the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to assess and fix the problem," said Eekhof in an email to this reporter, "It's still unclear as to when the drinking water system will be fixed and the BWA lifted. For now, residents in the apartment building are encouraged to continue boiling their water prior to use."

Unlike British Columbia or Manitoba, Ontario does not publish province wide information on small private drinking water systems.

There are only a few local health units that make the effort to do so, including HKPRD, Eastern Ontario Health Unit and Sudbury District Health Unit.

Although their efforts are useful, it can be difficult to get a big picture visualization of where improvements in small drinking water systems need to be made.

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