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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Ban on Recreation Use of Sandy Lake Lifted
(Friday, September 15/2000)-- The ban on recreational use of Sandy Lake, off the Hammonds Plains Road near Bedford, has been lifted.
The public had been previously advised to not swim in Sandy Lake or to use it for any other recreational activity. This ban was imposed as a result of a sewage spill from a force main break in the area in mid-August.
Since the spill, the lake has been sampled on a regular basis. The latest samples show that the fecal coliform level in the lake has decreased, so that it is now below the acceptable level for recreational use. Therefore, the ban on recreational use of the lake is lifted, effective immediately.
A Boil Order issued to local residents with respect to drinking and other domestic use of water from Sandy Lake remains in effect until further notice.
Halifax Regional Municipality crews have been sampling individual wells in the area which may have been affected by the spill. Temporary water is being provided to owners of those properties.
The Nova Scotia Department of Environment is continuing to monitor the situation.
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Corporate Communications Officer