SMYRNA: High Bacteria Levels--Avoid Fishing, Wading, etc.

May 21, 2022 at 06:03 am by WGNS

Smyrna's Waste Water Treatment Plant

(SMYRNA, TN)  Officials in the Town of Smyrna report that elevated levels of bacteria has been found in Stewart Creek and the embayment where it enters Percy Priest Lake. For the public's health, everyone is encouraged not to swim, wade, fish or other water contact.

It is believed the cause of the issue relates to an industrial discharge. The Town will continue to investigate the cause of the situation as it works to restore the Waste Water Treatment Plant to its previous condition. This process may take several weeks to achieve.

Town Manager Brian Hercules notes, "We will continue to update the public throughout the situation".

He also stressed, "There is no danger to the Town’s drinking water. The Town receives its supply of drinking water from the Stones River Reservoir."

The Town is closely coordinating with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), which is providing the Town with technical expertise and guidance while ensuring appropriate measures are taken to protect public health and the environment.

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