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Foamy substance did not affect water

By The Tribune

Niagara Region’s commissioner of public works said a foamy substance on the surface of the Welland Canal in Port Colborne Friday was determined not to be toxic after testing.


But as a precautionary measure, Ron Tripp said the Region shut off water intake at the city’s water treatment plant.


Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services Chief Tom Cartwright said a complaint was received at city hall about the substance and the fire service, Region, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change were all notified.


Port Colborne’s water supply comes from the Welland Canal at the entrance to the weir. The foamy substance appeared to on the east side of the canal wall only.


Samples were taken for testing and the city said it appeared to be sea foam generated by the turbulent waters of Lake Erie. The foam was expected to dissipate.


The water intake at the treatment plant was expected to be turned on by the end of the day Friday.



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