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Medical officer of health confirms water safe to drink following Meaford auto shop fire

Testing of water shows it meets provincial guidelines

June 1, 2023  By Ground Water Canada

Meaford, Ont. – The “do-not-consume” advisory issued to town residents in the aftermath of a fire and explosions at a local automotive shop has been lifted.

The incident occurred last week, and concerns that groundwater might be contaminated prompted the drinking water advisory. The municipality wasn’t prepared to lift the advisory until results from water testing confirmed it was safe to drink.

The Grey Bruce medical officer of health stated May 31 that testing indicated the water was not contaminated and was safe to drink.


“Residents can return to using the municipal water as they would normally, including providing tap water to pets and using water to brush teeth, wash produce, make infant formula and make ice cubes,” read a statement from the municipality.

Meaford CAO Rob Armstrong added:  “We appreciate the patience of the community during do-not-consume advisory, and commend our residents for their supportive and collaborative spirit as we moved through this challenge.”

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