picton grapples with water crisis after leak from sunken barge - containment boom
PICTON, ONT. —
After a shipwreck leaked pollutants into a bay on the Hubei coast of Ontario, a community in southeast Ontario continued to cope with the water crisis.
Mayor of Picton, Ontario
On Tuesday, after a flash of oil in Picton Bay, emergency water supply was announced as a precautionary measure and local water treatment plants were closed.
The Bloomfield water plant resumed operation on Wednesday, with Mayor Robert kuiff warning that wind and weather patterns could prompt the system to shut down again.
"We will remain in a state of emergency until we are sure that the gloss has disappeared or floated far enough from the entrance," he said at a news conference . ".
"Given the risk that gloss poses to our water system, the authorities are investigating methods for vacuuming gloss.
"Residents are required to limit water to basic needs only to ensure that there is sufficient reserves if the plant is closed again.
About 1,100 liters of fuel remained on the barge.
To ensure that no fuel is released, wall tanks and precautions are being taken.
The enclosure is already 27-metre vessel.
However, about 30-
A large amount of fluid is stored in the Jerry tank on the barge deck, possibly a mixture of diesel and hydraulic fluids.
Quaiff said it appeared to be a mixture that leaked into the bay, but stressed that the supply of drinking water was not contaminated.
The Canadian Coast Guard environmental response team is drawing up plans for fishing boats.
Coast guard officials will continue
Monitor pollution and supervise any cleanup that may be required before the barge is removed.
"People are very concerned about this incident," Picton Cohn said . ".
Said Lenny Epstein.
"It's our drinking water supply and it's the bay ecology that's in danger.
He called the water crisis a "wake-up call ".
This can lead to more stringent regulations on shipping and boating traffic.
County officials said in a statement that the state of emergency will continue to be in effect until officials are convinced that pollutants no longer pose a threat to the water system.