Residents along part of the Wanapitei River near Sudbury can drink their water again, but they're still advised to use some degree of caution.

The Sudbury and District Health Unit has officially lifted the drinking water advisory that went into effect on June 2 after a train derailed into the river.

The advisory applied to those living along the river downstream from River Bend Road in Wanup.

Even so, the Sudbury & District Health Unit is recommending that homeowners take some safety precautions before drinking the water. Residents are reminded to:

  • Flush treatment systems and replace their filters.
  • Run cold water faucets for five minutes or until the water runs clear.
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters.
  • Remove and rinse screens before putting them back in place to get rid of sediment.

Schools and other properties that use large volumes of water may also need to run cold water taps for a longer period of time before using for the first time.