Long Sault Ontario – On November 17th the Township of South Stormont declared an emergency for the Village of Newington over potential unsafe water conditions. These conditions have appeared as a result of an oil spill and subsequent structure fire in close proximity to the main well. For the protection of the approximate 100 homes in Newington, there has been a “Precautionary Do Not Use Water Advisory” imposed under the guidance of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. The Township is delivering information door to door explaining that the water is safe for lavatory use, however should not be used for drinking or bathing. Bottled water is also being delivered door to door to ensure that their families have safe drinking water.
Sampling is being conducted by the Ministry of Environment and these results will assist in determining next steps. There have not been any adverse water samples to report at this time, however until confirmation is received, the “Precautionary Do Not Use Water Advisory” will remain. The Ministry of Environment will collaborate with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to determine when the order can be lifted and what the next steps will be. At this time, there are no indications as to timelines.
Mayor Bancroft stated, “Our thoughts are with the family who has lost their home and secondly, with the residents of Newington. The Township is working with local agencies to ensure safe water is available for drinking and that the most efficient and economical methods are being used to have Township water restored as quickly as possible. We are declaring an emergency to ensure that should the Township require provincial assistance and support, the required documentation and process has been followed.” Please refer to the Township website for updates as they are received.