Thursday afternoon, a toxic spill caused the City of Montreal to emit a “do not consume” advisory for tap water in the heart of Ville-Marie, downtown. Despite the warning now being partially lifter, seven people fell ill after consuming tainted water. Four of those people were taken to Notre-Dame Hospital to treat diarrhea and vomiting.
The water advisory is still in effect this morning at certain addresses: 443-445-447-449-451-453-455, rue Viger Ouest, 454-456-470, de la Gauchetière Ouest and 1030, rue Saint-Alexandre. All other addresses between Beaver Hall, De Bleury, Saint-Antoine and René-Lévesque may now drink the water again.
According to TVA Nouvelles, the “toxic spill” came from the cooling systems of a nearby building, from where they seeped into the City’s aqueduct system. The culprit is a product called magnatrol MD 705A. Firefighter (60 in total), city workers and provincial and federal environmental employees were all mobilized to contain the leak. To allow the product to leave the aqueducts, they opened fire hydrants in the area.