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Sewage Overflow into Morris Lake


For Residents and Users of Morris Lake, Dartmouth Tuesday, September 5, 2000

There has been a sewage overflow into Morris Lake from the Municipality's sewage pumping station located at the north end of the lake in Portland Estates. Effective immediately, residents and other users of the lake are advised to not swim in the lake or to use the lake for any other recreational purpose such as fishing, boating, etc, until further notice.

If there are residents who draw their water from the lake or have wells in the vicinity of the lake, they are advised to boil their water for two (2) minutes before drinking, making ice cubes, washing foods, brushing teeth or any other activity requiring human consumption. Staff are in the process of confirming whether there are residents that use the lake and/or a well for drinking water. Any resident that does use the lake and/or a well for drinking water should immediately contact the Halifax Regional Municipality at 490-6950, or the provincial Department of the Environment at 424-7773.

The overflow was discovered today. Staff acted immediately to control the overflow and to clean up the pumping station site. Staff are in the process of going door-to-door in the immediate vicinity of the overflow, and are also posting signs in the area.

Halifax Regional Municipality is carrying out investigations and sampling to determine the extent of the overflow. The Nova Scotia Department of Environment and the Medical Officer of Health are monitoring the situation.

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John O'Brien
Corporate Communications Office
(902) 490-6531