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Voluntary Water Conservation Lifted on Mayo Peninsula

Treatment Plant Operating at Normal Levels Again

Annapolis (July 3, 2006) - The Anne Arundel County, Department of Public Works announced today that the voluntary water conservation message announced late last week has been lifted for public sewerage customers on the Mayo Peninsula.

On June 28, the Mayo Wastewater Treatment Facility experienced extremely high levels of in-flow due to record-setting rainfall earlier in the week. As a result, wastewater storage capacity at the facility was exceeded, causing the system to overflow. Under these circumstances, residents on the Mayo Peninsula were asked to voluntarily limit their use of indoor water so that the system could return to normal flow levels. As of Friday, June 30, the Mayo Wastewater Treatment Facility had recorded near normal flow into the plant. After careful observation over the weekend, officials with the Department have declared that flow levels are now back to normal so the voluntary indoor water conservation message can be lifted.

The Department of Public Works thanks the residents and businesses along the Mayo Peninsula for doing their part to limit indoor water usage following this unusual weather event. However, as a result of the excess wastewater that was lost from the treatment process, the public is reminded that Bear Neck and Whitemarsh Creeks remain closed. The Department of Health advises anyone coming in contact with the affected water to wash with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.

For more information on this emergency closing, visit the "Water Quality" page on the Health Department’s website or call (410) 222-7999. To receive an e-mail notice of the creeks’ reopening, sign up for the Department 's recreational water quality e-alerts by going to the site and selecting "Water Quality and E-mail Alerts" under Hot Topics.


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