The City of Orlando Public Works Street and Stormwater Division issued a lake alert for Lake Baldwin on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The City of Orlando is advising that all water contact activities cease until further notice. On Monday, February 18, 2013, a 50 gallons of sewage overflowed in Baldwin Park spilling sewage into the stormwater system. The overflow occurred on Anissa Avenue, near the Upper Park Road intersection.
City Stormwater and Wastewater personnel cleaned the storm drains and sewer lines. They removed approximately 30 gallons of the overflow from the stormwater system, but an estimated 20 additional gallons of sewage remained in the stormwater system. As a result, City Stormwater personnel will measure bacteria levels in Lake Baldwin to determine the impact of the spill on water quality.
Parks affected by the alert are Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando and Fleet Peeples Park in Winter Park. Fleet Peeples Park dog area has a popular beach where dogs regularly romp and swim in Lake Baldwin. As a precaution, dog owners should avoid water contact until further notice. If dogs enter the water use the dog bathing stations at the park to wash off any contaminants.
City of Orlando Stormwater section will be collecting bacteria samples on a routine basis and once the bacteria counts drop to acceptable State Water Quality Standards, the Lake Alert Hotline number and the City's Lake Alert website will be updated. For more information about this spill visit the City of Orlando Lake Alert website or call 407-246-2220 for the 24-hour Lake Alert Recorded Message.