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A boil water advisory has been issued for residents living in Wheatley and Tilbury.

Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, Chatham-Kent’s acting medical officer of health, issued the advisory Monday afternoon following a loss in water pressure throughout the distribution system.

Dr. Nesathurai said affected residents should bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking, making infant formula/juice, brushing teeth, washing raw foods, and making ice.

CK’s Public Utilities Commission said the boil water advisory measure will remain in effect until system repairs have been completed and the results of satisfactory water samples are received.

Residents in Tilbury and Wheatley are all too familiar with drinking water issues. Back in September 2023, residents in both towns were under a boil water advisory for three weeks after a fire caused extensive damage to the Wheatley Water Treatment Plant.

The treatment plant has since been shut down for repairs, with water being supplied to the Tilbury and Wheatley areas through interconnects with Leamington and south Chatham. Two mobile water treatment trailers have also been installed to assist with the increased demand for water during the spring and summer months.