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As at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 the Main Street and South Street watermain repair has been completed and is back to normal operations.  Please refer to the Notice below provided by the Ontario Clean Water Agency outlining the protocol to be followed regarding flushing after a watermain has been repaired.

Main Street and South Street Watermain Repair

GLENCOE, ON August 10, 2018

A watermain repair at Main Street and South Street is scheduled for Friday, August 10, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Only the residents affected by this repair have received a water supply notice.

Boil Water Advisory for Glencoe Lifted by Middlesex London Health Unit

Glencoe Boil Water Advisory LiftedPosted by Middlesex-London Health Unit on August 1, 2018
The Boil Water Advisory issued for the Village of Glencoe on Monday, July 30th has been lifted. Laboratory tests conducted on samples taken from the Glencoe Water Distribution System on Monday and again on Tuesday, July 31st, have been completed and indicate that the water is safe to drink.
Complete bacteriological testing of a set of water samples takes 48 hours. Negative results on two consecutive sets of samples from the distribution system, taken 24 hours apart, are required to confirm that water is safe to drink. The laboratory testing of the samples is now complete and the results show that the water is safe for human consumption.
The Boil Water Advisory was issued due to a water main break on the evening of Sunday, July 29th, which led to a drop in pressure in the water system. The concern was that the pressure may not have been sufficient to prevent the backflow of untreated water from entering the system and also that the water main break itself could have allowed contaminants to enter the water supply.
With the lifting of the Boil Water Advisory, the Health Unit recommends that residents run cold water through their faucets for one minute before drinking it and also flushing garden hoses by running cold water through them for one minute. In addition, hot water heaters should be drained and refilled, water softeners should be run through a regeneration cycle, and pool filters should be backwashed before changing the filter media.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit and the Township of Southwest Middlesex would like to thank residents for their cooperation and understanding during this temporary situation.
For more information visit the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s website at
Media Contact:
Dan Flaherty, Communications Manager, Middlesex-London Health Unit
519-663-5317 ext. 2469 or 519-617-0570 (cell.)
Fatih Sekercioglu, Environmental Health Manager, Safe Water, Rabies and Vector-Borne Disease Team, Middlesex-London Health Unit

Notice:  Discoloured or Cloudy Water - Ontario Clean Water Agency

Water Leak on Peter Street in Melbourne

UPDATE - The water leak on Peter Street in Melbourne has been repaired.

A water leak has been detected in Melbourne on Peter Street.  The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and municipal staff are on site to assess the situation.  Once more information is available updates will be provided. 

Victoria Street Waterline Repair

GLENCOE, ON, July 31, 2018
A municipal water line break occurred Sunday, July 29, 2018 on Victoria Street in Glencoe and repairs are now complete. As the municipality’s responsible operator for the water system, the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) worked with municipal staff and other agencies, including the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU), throughout
the repair work.
As a result of the extent of the break, the MLHU issued a precautionary boil water advisory in the event that any ground water potentially entered the system during the break or the repair. The MLHU made the determination for the precautionary advisory early on Monday morning and notified local radio stations to assist with communication and then issued a formal press release at approximately 7:30 a.m. Southwest Middlesex staff delivered the news to area restaurants in the early morning and health unit staff attended local restaurants later on Monday to detail requirements
for restaurants.
Southwest Middlesex communicated through the website, social media, Canada 211, and by making announcements using the public announcement system on the fire truck.
The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group met on Monday morning and arranged for bottled water to be made available for Glencoe residents at the municipal office and the arena during the day, and at the pool until 8:30 p.m.  
Southwest Middlesex delivered water to some of its residents that are less able to travel to get water.  
The municipality wishes to thank all residents for their patience during this service disruption.


Boil Water Advisory for Glencoe now in Effect

July 30, 2018
A boil water now advisory is in effect for the community of Glencoe.

Please be advised that the advisory is for tap water used as drinking water and water used for food preparation. Water can still be used for bathing, showering, laundry and washing dishes.
Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and then stored in clean containers. A container of boiled water may be stored in the fridge to keep it cold.

Once the water has been boiled, it is safe to use for:
Making infant formula and juice
Making ice
Washing fruits and vegetables
Brushing teeth and soaking false teeth
Feeding pets.

When boiling water, care should be taken to avoid burns and scalding. Place kettles and pots on back burners and away from counter edges.  Kettles with automatic shut-off feature may not boil the water for a full minute.
If you are boiling water in a microwave, put a glass rod, wooden, or plastic microwave-safe stick (never metal) in the container so that you do not super heat the water.

Get rid of all ice, infant formula, juice, drink mixes, etc. that were made before the boil water advisory was issued. The boil water advisory is because of a water line break in Glencoe.Ontario Clean Water Agency and
municipal staff are on site undertaking investigation and repair to the system.

The boil water advisory is in effect until testing on the system can be undertaken. The boil water advisory also applies to commercial businesses (e.g. restaurants) and public facilities (e.g. schools) in the area where they are issued. Owners/operators of commercial and public facilities that provide water to the public are responsible for the safety of the water they supply.

Bottled water will be available at the Glencoe Pool until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 for residents unable to attend the Municipal Office or Glencoe Arena during regular business hours.

****Please be advised the Glencoe pool is closed today, Monday, July 30th, 2018 due to the watermain break. The Glencoe pool will re-open Tuesday, July 31st on regular schedule.

Water Service Leak on Victoria St. between and Roe St. and Wall St.
July 29, 2018

The Municipality of Southwest Middlesex wishes to advise the public that Victoria Street between Roe Street and Wall Street is currently closed.  The closure is necessary to allow repairs of a water service leak.  SWM apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates the patience and co-operations of the public.  We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Hosta Capital of Canada Numbers

The Hosta Capital of Canada contest has now closed.  Numbers will be released soon with winners of the contest being announced during Tartan Days July 20 - 21, 2018.  Thank you for participating in this fun project!

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SWM Landfill News 

Garbage Collection

Change in garbage collection for some Southwest Middlesex Residents.

Fire Services

Southwest Middlesex has been kept informed by Strathroy-Caradoc about resignations of firefighters from the Melbourne Fire Station.  The fire station in Melbourne provides initial response protection to a number of residences in the municipality of Southwest Middlesex under a fire protection agreement between the two municipalities.

While there is currently no operational reason to question the reliability of the fire service in Melbourne, to allay any concerns of residents and businesses in the Melbourne community, including the SWM fire protection area, there is a two station response for any emergency scene.  As per the normal practice, an alarm for a structure fire will dispatch the volunteer firefighters from the Glencoe Fire Station.

Should there be any concerns, please contact SWM Fire Chief Bob Hansen @ 519-494-1166 for more information.

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