Boil water advisory in effect for Hawkesbury, L'Orignal, Vankleek Hill

A water filtration plant in Hawkesbury, Ont., flooded Sunday night, leading to boil water advisories for Hawkesbury, L'Orignal and Vankleek Hill in eastern Ontario.
A water filtration plant in Hawkesbury was flooded by an equipment failure, and now the town and two others are under a boil water advisory. 0:30

A water filtration plant in Hawkesbury, Ont., flooded Sunday night, leading to boil water advisories for Hawkesbury, L'Orignal and Vankleek Hill in eastern Ontario.

The flood caused significant pressure loss and the plant is unable to filter water for the approximately 13,500 businesses and residences it serves. But water that was already in the system's tanks is still flowing out of taps.

The Township of Champlain is advising residents to moderate water consumption.

On Monday morning the communities of L'Orignal and Vankleek Hill were reconnected to the Hawkesbury water system, and boil water advisories have been issued temporarily as a precaution.

The following schools are closed:

  • École élémentaire catholique Paul VI.
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Grégoire.
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
  • École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury.
  • École élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon.
  • École secondaire publique Le Sommet.
  • CEFEO Hawkesbury.
  • Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute.
  • Pleasant Corners Public School.
Firefighters work to pump water out of the water filtration plant in Hawkesbury Sunday night. (Denis Babin/Radio-Canada)