More information for City of Ottawa residents affected by spring flooding. If your well has been affected by flood water, Ottawa Public Health recommends that you do not drink or use the water until it has been tested and found to be safe. If you think flood water has infiltrated your well or septic tiles, do not use tap water or flush the toilet. You can pick up water sample bottles at:
- Community Hall at the R.J. Kennedy Arena, 1115 Dunning Road
- Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive
- Royal Canadian Legion 616, 377 Allbirch Road
Water samples can be dropped off at the Emergency Community Support Centres between noon and 8 p.m. A courier service will pick up samples and take them to the Ontario Public Health Laboratory every day. For locations and hours of drop off please check the schedule.
Also, a reminder from the City of Ottawa that garbage from flood-affected areas is being collected on a daily basis, 7 days a week. In addition to regular waste, large appliances, such as stoves, fridges, freezers and air conditioners, as well as electronics can be placed at the curbside. Any food should be removed from refrigerators and freezers, and the doors should be removed or secured shut. The City will arrange for the safe removal of refrigerants. Daily collection will continue until further notice. The City is in the process of arranging for separate collection of household hazardous waste. (City of Ottawa news releases)