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Antietam Creek use still risky

August 04, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Portions of Antietam Creek remained posted with warnings on Tuesday advising swimmers and other users of the creek to steer clear of the waterway after the City of Hagerstown released sewage water that had not been disinfected into the creek Sunday.

The warnings likely will remain today, said Kimmy Armstrong, a supervisor for the Washington County Health Department's Division of Environmental Health.

The portion of the creek that is affected by the spill stretches from the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant on Frederick Street to the Potomac River.

The health department requested the city post the signs after learning about the spill of 2.7 million gallons of partially treated sewage water over the course of five hours Sunday morning.

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The problem arose when a fuse blew at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday, shutting down power to the pumps that feed partially treated sewage water into the disinfection process. The water bypassed the disinfection phase and was dumped directly into the creek, plant officials said.

The bacteria left in the water is linked to human feces and can cause intestinal cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

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