Fuel oil spill contaminates water in southern section of Balsam Lake

Residents who draw water from South Bay section urged to use bottled water instead

A view of Balsam Lake in the City of Kawartha Lakes. (Photo: Balsam Lake Association / Facebook)
A view of Balsam Lake in the City of Kawartha Lakes. (Photo: Balsam Lake Association / Facebook)

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is urging people who draw water directly from a southern section of Balsam Lake to use bottled water until further notice.

There was a fuel oil spill late Sunday afternoon (May 6) affecting the South Bay section of Balsam Lake, which is located in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Around 100 properties along parts of Romany Ranch Road and Killarney Bay Road are affected.

Those residents should not use water drawn from the lake for drinking, cooking, making juice and infant formula, washing fruits and vegetables, dish washing, or brushing teeth.

Because of the nature of the fuel spill, boiling the lake water is not effective.

Notices about the water situation have been delivered to affected property owners, and more information is available by calling the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5006.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is aware of the fuel spill and is monitoring the situation as cleanup efforts continue.

People in this area of Balsam Lake who rely on wells for drinking water are not affected by this advisory.

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