UPDATE: Boil water advisory lifted for East Picton

The Picton Water Purification plant on Spencer St. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

The boil water advisory issued on Thursday, December 27 for customers located northeast of the intersection of County Road 49 and Spencer Street in Picton has been lifted by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

The County of Prince Edward has confirmed that water being produced by the Picton/Bloomfield Drinking Water Plant and water presently in the Picton/Bloomfield distribution system meets provincial water quality standards and is safe for consumption and use for all domestic purposes.

·         Affected users can resume normal use of municipal drinking water without bringing it to a boil.

·         The municipality recommends that affected users flush household plumbing through the cold water tap until water runs cold to the touch.

The County of Prince Edward reported Thurs., Dec 26 that a water main leak discovered on Boxing Day has been repaired and all services affected on Wednesday, December 26 have been restored.

However, as a precautionary measure, a boil water advisory was been issued by The Hastings and Prince Edward County Health Unit that advised all affected customers to bring water to a rapid boil for at least one minute prior to using it for domestic purposes (e.g. drinking, making infant formula and juice, brushing teeth, washing raw foods and making ice).
The following locations were covered under the boil water advisory:
All connections on Highway 49 northeast of the intersection of Spencer Street and Highway 49 (Picton Main Street). This includes H.J. McFarland Memorial Home.
Any users connected to the municipal water system located on Fawcette Avenue, 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, Pottery Lane, Edgecliffe Crescent, and Wellings Drive.
Spencer Street is not covered under the boil water advisory.

Operations staff have completed flushing in the system. Some customers may experience coloured water as a result of flushing. If coloured water is experienced, residents can flush the cold water tap nearest to the water meter in their home to flush colour from their taps.
In a statement to the media, County of Prince Edward Media and Communications Coordinator Mark Kerr said the municipality is committed to providing a consistent supply of safe drinking water to all consumers of The County’s municipal drinking water systems.

-Jason Parks, staff