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Residential Drinking Water

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Gogama Municipal Well

The municipal well that provides drinking water to the residents of Gogama is not connected to the water system which was impacted by the oil spill. Nevertheless, the municipal well was sampled. Results of the tests indicate that the municipal well is safe for human consumption. On September 15, 2015, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released a statement committing to sampling the municipal well in Gogamaon three more occasions (Sept/Oct 2015; March/April 2016 and Sept/Oct 2016).

Residential Drinking Water Wells

Residential drinking water systems or wells that take water from Minisinakwa Lake were sampled regularly until May 13, 2015.  Throughout the residential water sampling program, all residential drinking water samples showed very positive results (concentrations of petroleum components far below regulatory drinking water standards).  Residential drinking water sampling was discontinued due to consistent laboratory results showing results below laboratory detection limits.

On June 10, 2015, the Sudbury & District Health Unit lifted the drinking water advisory that came into effect Saturday, March 7, 2015, for residents who take their drinking water from Minisinakwa Lake or from wells supplied by the lake.  They also included in their statement that the water sampling data collected by CN and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) received by the SDHU indicates that swimming and other recreational activities in Minisinakwa Lake do not pose a health concern.  The SDHU is the public health agency for the Minisinakwa Lake area and works with the Public Health Branch of the Ministry of Health and other provincial regulatory bodies including the MOECC.