Fire at the Wheatley Water Treatment Plant, September 13, 2023.

Municipal officials continue to look into last week’s fire at the Wheatley Water Treatment Plant and subsequent boil water advisory.

Water samples were taken from the distribution system yesterday and structural engineers remain on site assessing the extent of damage to the plant structure.

PUC officials say a restoration team is prepared to begin the process of decontamination to make the site safe for contractors to begin repairs once they are allowed to enter.

“We continue to gather information on the extent of the damage and will be providing a timeline for restoration of full service as soon as possible,” said Tim Sunderland, General Manager of the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission.

Residents of Wheatley, Tilbury and customers served by the South Water Treatment Plant (which includes the communities of Blenheim, Merlin, Coatsworth, Shrewsbury, Rondeau and Erieau) are still being asked to conserve water until further notice.

Up-to-the-minute information on the Boil Water Advisory can be found by calling the Water Advisory Update Line at 519-436-3240