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Department of Health Issues Advisory Against Direct Water Contact For Lake Hillsmere in Annapolis

Annapolis, MD (April 19, 2007) - The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has issued an advisory to avoid direct water contact in Lake Hillsmere (Annapolis) due to a wastewater spill that occurred on Thursday morning, April 19.

The Department of Public Works, Bureau of Utility Operations reports that approximately 6,000 gallons of wastewater left a force main along Mansion Drive in Hillsmere. At this time, it has been determined that the cause of the spill can be attributed to a broken wastewater force main. Crews for the Department of Public Works completed the repair and cleaned and limed the area. Signs were posted.

An initial assessment indicated that the spill had minimal if any impact on Lake Hillsmere; however, the Health advisory against direct water contact has been issued as a precautionary measure. The Department of Health advises people coming in contact with the water in Lake Hillsmere to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.

The advisory will remain in effect until further notice from the Department of Health. For more information on the status of the advisory, visit the
Department's Website or call the Water Quality Line, (410) 222-7999.


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