25 March 2013

Raw sewage hits the lake closing Yarralumla Bay

| johnboy
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The National Capital Authority has the bad news that a sewage spill has impacted Lake Burley Griffin:

The National Capital Authority (NCA) advises that Yarralumla Bay is closed to all recreational uses following discharge of raw sewage into Lake Burley Griffin.

Based on advice from the ACT Health Directorate, it is unsafe to use this area of the lake for any activities that involve contact with the water such as swimming, canoeing, recreational boating, rowing or fishing.

Water samples will be taken this morning. The NCA will continue to closely monitor water quality and will re-open the area as soon as two sets of water quality results indicate bacteria levels are within safe parameters. It is anticipated the lake will reopen next week.

Lake user groups have been notified of the leak and warning signs are being posted around the exclusion area.

Yarralumla Beach does not appear to have been affected and remains open.

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