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Study Concludes Spill Did Not Contaminate Wells
(Friday, October 20/2000)--Halifax Regional Municipality has completed its investigation and survey of wells in the vicinity of Sandy Lake, off Giles Road on the Hammonds Plains Road.
The survey was conducted in response to a potential contamination as a result of a sewage spill in the lake on or about August 12, 2000.
Water samples from wells were collected and tested for bacterial contamination and water chemistry to determine if there was any adverse impact on the wells from the sewage spill. The investigation concluded that the sewage spill had no adverse impact on local wells. Each area resident is being advised in writing and they will be provided with the consultant's findings of water quality results from their wells.
The Provincial Health Officer has agreed to lift the Boil Order on Sandy Lake. The ban on the recreational uses of Sandy Lake was lifted on September 15, 2000.
Residents who may have questions on water quality and the wells may contact the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment at 424-7772. Questions regarding the temporary bottled and piped water supply should be directed to HRM at 489-6722.
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