Fire out, water restrictions still in place

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

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Earlier today, the Town of Smiths Falls shut down operations at the water treatment plant in response to a minor fire event near the main water intake. These precautionary measures were taken as a multi-barrier approach to safeguarding the drinking water system.

The town has since resumed operations at the Water Plant and will be refilling system reservoirs over the next several hours. Town residents are advised that there are no concerns regarding drinking water quality, however residents are asked to please limit any non-essential use of town water until 9 p.m. this evening while reservoirs are replenished.

While the reservoirs replenish the splash pad will remain closed throughout tonight.

After consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, the beach will remain closed until further notice. There are still limited amounts of fire suppression foam (sticky white foam) drifting downstream. Please avoid contact with this suppressant. This foam can be an irritant to your skin or eyes.

If you do come into contact with the foam, the Medical Officer of Health advises that you wash with plenty of soap and fresh water for 15 minutes or flush your eyes with fresh water thoroughly for 15 minutes.