Water advisory issued for Laval’s Ste. Dorothée, residents urged not to use or consume

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Watch: Ste.Dorothée residents in Laval are being urged not to consume the tap water due to the potential health risks after harmful chemicals were detected in the city's water system from the local fire department. Global’s Brayden jagger Haines was live at the Jolibourg Community Centre. – Sep 27, 2023

Laval’s Ste.Dorothée residents are being urged to not use nor consume the tap water due to potential health risks.

The “do not use or consume” warning was issued Tuesday and is different from the typical boil-water advisories. Health officials want people to steer clear from ingesting it at all as harmful chemicals were detected in the water system.

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This comes after city officials found contaminants in the water after firefighters extinguished a blaze in the area on Tuesday. Some of the extinguishing agent, a product commonly used in interventions according to the local fire department, had somehow seeped into the local water.

“We suspect that one of the products used to fight [a] fire entered the water for a brief amount of time,” City of Laval spokesperson Philippe Dery said. “This is why we are asking our citizens to not use the water for [any] personal use.”

Health officials say contact with the water could also cause skin irritation.

The water advisory is in place indefinitely for some 2,500 residents in the district.

The city says it is currently flushing out the contaminated water and will lift the advisory once it passes. Tests will be conducted regularly.

Residents are being asked to check the city’s website for updates and bottled water is being handed out to residents at the Jolibourg community centre.

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Showers are available at the Martin St. Louis and Hartland Monahan arenas.

Dery says the city will look into corrective measures with regards to how this could be avoided in the future.

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