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An overflow occurs when sanitary sewage leaves its intended area and enters the environment.
The purpose of an advisory is to inform the public that the water quality of the lake may have been impacted or impaired by the overflow of sanitary sewage. There is no penalty or fine for those who choose to enter or come into contact with the water.
You should always avoid the impacted areas from a sewer overflow. By not exposing yourself to the raw sewage or the impacted areas, you greatly lower your risk of potential health issues. Any residents with health concerns are encouraged to contact their doctor.
Sewage can contain different types of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses that can cause intestinal, lung, and other infections. This is why when an advisory is in effect, we do not encourage resuming any normal water activities until it has been lifted.