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New Info: Swim Advisory Lifted After Sewage Spill

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries today lifted a precautionary swimming advisory in the Pamlico River in downtown Washington.

The advisory, caused by a sewage spill near Jacks Creek, was posted on Aug. 9 and included the area between the Washington town waterfront and Washington Park.

The advisory against swimming, skiing or otherwise coming into contact with the water has been removed.

Subsequent water testing at this site shows bacteria levels are below state and Environmental Protection Agency's standards set for swimming and water play.

State officials issued the precautionary advisory because untreated wastewater can cause adverse health effects such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and skin infections.

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It will likely be several more days before a swim advisory is lifted for part of the Pamlico river.

The advisory was put into place Tuesday following a sewage spill inside Jack's Creek, which flows into the Pamlico. Because of the spill, a swimming advisory is in effect for the Washington waterfront.

While the spill is contained, city officials say it will be at least a couple days before they can lift the advisory. They will sample the water Thursday and get the test back on Friday. If it comes back okay then they can lift the advisory.

Washington officials say they don't know yet what caused the main to overflow.

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Washington city officials say they have contained a sewage spill inside Jacks Creek, keeping it from flowing into the Pamlico River.

The spill was first noticed Tuesday morning as a force main near Park Drive began overflowing. Because of the spill the state issued a swimming advisory for the Washington waterfront.

State officials say it will be at least a couple of days before that advisory can be lifted. They plan to sample the water Thursday and those tests should come back Friday.

Washington officials say they don't know yet what caused the main to overflow.


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An ongoing sewage spill is forcing authorities to issue a swimming advisory for the Pamlico River in Washington.

The Division of Water Quality and Washington city officials are investigating what caused the malfunction of the wastewater system. That malfunction caused a force main near Park Drive to overflow, eventually making its way into Jacks Creek.

State officials can't say how much sewage has made its way into the Pamlico, but city officials say they have managed to dam up the spill and they're keeping any more sewage from getting into the water. The spill was noticed around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The state is advising against swimming in the Pamlico in the vicinity of the Washington waterfront and Washington Park.


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