Meaford Water Emergency

Meaford Water Emergency


In the early morning of Monday July 22nd a major break occurred in the main feeder line which supplies water to all residents in the urban area of Meaford, a population of about 11,000 residents in the County of Grey on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. Many residents were without water for the day. A drinking water distribution centre and portable toilets were set up. When residents were cleared to resume using water, there was a boil-water advisory for tap water.

The Town of Meaford immediately involved 211 Central East Ontario and advised residents to call 211 for information on their messaging system. On the 211 lines, Information Specialists provided the latest up-to-date information throughout the week to 277 people who called with related questions. Questions included how long to boil water, whether to bathe a baby or wash vegetables, if water would be delivered to seniors and whether to flush the toilet or use the dishwasher. Restaurants, hair salons, day care centres and other business owners called to ask about using water for customers.