Health / Environment

Update: Chromium trioxide spill / Fredericton area (08/12/03)

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Dec. 3, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Well water may now be used for activities such as showering and washing clothes in homes and businesses affected by a recent Fredericton-area chemical spill, the Department of Health announced today.

The advisory not to drink or consume well water still applies to 10 homeowners and 20 businesses in the Evergreen Park area.

"You should not use your well water for drinking or any type of consumption on an ongoing basis," said Dr. Yves Léger, regional medical officer of health. "However, it is now safe to use your water for bathing, showering, doing laundry, flushing toilets and other household purposes."

Dishes washed with well water should be properly dried prior to use, Léger said.

The initial advisory followed a chromium trioxide spill in the Evergreen Park area on Monday, Oct. 27. The department advised all affected homeowners and businesses not to consume their well water or use it for cooking, bathing or any other activity that would bring it into contact with their bodies.

Since Oct. 31, the Department of Environment has been providing drinking water to those to whom the advisory applies. All homes or businesses considered at risk have been notified by public health inspectors. Anyone in the area who has not been notified may continue to consume his or her well water.

"The advisory will remain in effect until further assessments or information indicate it should be changed, one way or another," Léger said. "Affected residents will be notified in a timely manner of any further developments."

Testing of well water continues to be done regularly by the Department of Health in collaboration with the Department of Environment.

The Department of Health advises Evergreen Park-area residents who notice any change in their well water or who require more information to call 453-2830 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522; Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206.

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