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Sturgeon Lake fuel spill cleanup complete but some residents advised not to drink well water – Peterborough

Officials say a privately owned fuel tank caused a large fuel spill at Sturgeon Lake in the city of Kawartha Lakes in late March.

The city issued a statement on Wednesday saying it had completed cleanup of the spill after fuel was discovered in a lake in the Thurstonia area, 20 kilometers north of Lindsey, on March 30.

Kawartha Lake Health Authority Issues Drinking Water Advisory Following Sturgeon Fuel Spill

A large-scale cleanup has been initiated and recommendations have been issued for safe water operation affecting about 30 homes in the area.

On Wednesday, the city said the Halliburton, Kawartha, and Pine Ridge District Health Units have lifted the drinking water advisory for those drawing water directly from Lake Sturgeon at the following addresses:

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  • 143 to 165 Pitts Cove Rd.
  • 131 to 139 Hazel Street
  • Homes along Hazel St. between Hollyville Blvd. and Maclarnon Street.
  • McLernon Street 5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 19, 20, 21

However, the Drinking Water Advisory remains in effect for residents who draw their drinking water from private wells located at 137, 139, and 143 Hazel Streets and 12, 14, and 16 Hilltop Streets. brushing teeth, cooking, etc.

The city notes that boiling or disinfecting the water is ineffective. The city will continue to provide bottled water to affected residents through May 5, allowing time for private insurers to organize an appropriate response to address their needs.

“The city would like to thank Lindsey’s Water Station and Peterborough’s Home Depot for providing free water to affected residents,” the city said.

The City will leave absorbent booms in the culvert area as a precaution to prevent residual contaminants from entering the lake until cleanup is complete.

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