SUDBURY -- Public health officials have lifted the drinking water advisory for the Town of Chapleau issued on Nov. 18 after "a temporary loss of pressure in the municipal water system."

In a Nov. 21 news release, Public Health Sudbury and Districts did not confirm the direct cause of the system’s pressure loss, but officials maintain the water has been tested to ensure its safety.

"The bacteriological quality of the water supply has been tested with no adverse results being reported," said Burgess Hawkins, a manager in Public Health’s Health Protection Division.

"Residents in the affected areas may notice chlorine odours and discoloured water."

Following a drinking water advisory residents are asked to do the following before using the water:

  • Run cold water faucets for five minutes or until the water runs clear. 
  • Run drinking fountains for five minutes before using the water or until the water runs clear. 
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle. 
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters.
  • Large-volume users (for example, schools) may need to run cold water taps for a longer period of time on first use.
  • To get rid of sediment, faucet screens should be removed, rinsed and put back in place.

For more information, please call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 464, toll-free 1.866.522.9200 or visit the website.