Water Contact Alerts, Water Quality Advisories and Area Closings
Recreational Water and Public BeachesJanuary 17, 2017 12:22 AM
Water Contact Alerts Currently in Effect:
- On January 3, 2017, a Sanitary Sewer Overflow occurred at a sewer manhole located at 500 Deacon Brook Circle, Reisterstown, MD 21136. The Norris Run Tributary was posted with “Water Alert” signs at the entrance to the woods at the south end of Glen Granite Road and in the 500 block of Gwynnwest Road where it crosses over the affected stream. These are the areas closest to and downstream from the overflow site, respectively. The site will be sampled on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Beach Area Closures:
Water Quality Advisories Currently in Effect:
The Baltimore County Department of Health, Environmental Health Services (EHS) closely monitors and samples beach areas for water quality, posts sampling results, and issues beach closure notices, Water Contact Alerts and Water Quality Advisories.
When recreational water conditions exceed standards and sewage contamination is suspected or evident,sampling will occur and the results will be posted online, Water Contact Alerts are issued or public bathing beaches are closed. Contaminated conditions can be produced by storm water run-off from severe storms, sanitary sewage overflows, or marine accidents. After the storms have passed, local wind and tide conditions can result in the intermittent re-intensification of those conditions for extended periods in tidal waters. When water quality parameters are generally elevated or abnormal, but no sewage contamination is present, a Water Quality Advisory will be issued.
Recreational water users are reminded:
Be observant for cloudy or discolored water in streams, rivers, or the bay, and of waters that are laden with debris. Water quality may have been negatively impacted.
Do not drink stream water.
Avoid contact with potentially contaminated water if you have open cuts or bandaged wounds. If accidental contact with contaminated water occurs, wash any damaged skin areas as soon as possible.
Minimize hand to mouth contact and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before eating.