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Water Warning Issued for Sandy Lake

Public Service Announcement

Water Warning Issued for Sandy Lake

(Wednesday, August 16/2000)-- Homeowners and cottagers on Sandy Lake, near Bedford, are advised not to drink water from the lake, or to swim in the lake, until further notice.

Testing has indicated that the fecal coliform count in the lake water is high due to a break in the sewer main along the Hammonds Plains Road, near the intersection of Giles Drive, over the weekend.

Municipal sewer crews responded to a call of a sewer break at that location at approximately 6:30 p.m. last Saturday evening. They were able to quickly divert the flow from the break to another force main while repairs were made. However, it is unknown how long the flow due to the break had been emptying into Sandy Lake.

There are approximately 20 property owners on Sandy Lake and there is a mix of year-round residences and cottages. Some draw water from the lake.

Councillor Peter Kelly (District 21-Bedford) said the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment confirmed that coliform counts in Sandy Lake are high and has advised that no one should drink water from Sandy Lake or swim in the lake until further notice.

Signage is expected to be erected at various points around the lake and homeowners will be advised of water conditions until they improve and the ban is lifted.

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

Councillor Peter Kelly
(902) 490-4450 or (902) 835-6097