RA: Lake Audubon Water Quality is Safe for Boating

by Karen Goff July 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm 8 Comments

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(Update, Friday 2:30 p.m.) — Reston Association says the Lake Audubon water has been tested and it is now OK to go boating and paddleboarding.

A sanitary sewer pipe leaked into Lake Audubon on Monday. County water officials fixed the pipe Tuesday, but on Thursday RA told residents to stay off the lake until testing was finished.

RA removed temporary caution signs around the lake on Friday after test results showed no hazardous levels of bacteria in water.

Original story: Reston Association officials are asking residents to “restrict recreational activities” on Lake Audubon until further testing of the water can be done.

Sewer pipe near Cedar Cove/reader photoEarlier this week, a sanitary sewer pipe located between Wakerobin Lane and Cedar Cove Court was discovered to be draining into Lake Audubon. The pipe was fixed by Fairfax County Wastewater management on Tuesday.

Signs have been posted around the lake cautioning people to stay off.

“Until further assessments of water quality and potential clean-up are completed by the county, recreational use (boating and fishing) at the lake is restricted,” says RA. “As always, residents are being asked to abide by RA’s regulations that prohibit swimming in any of Reston’s four lakes.”

Meanwhile, a Cedar Cove resident reports the pipe is fixed, but the sewage smell “and a white film” remains in the creek leading to the lake.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Go use the other lakes – they only have goose poo in them.

  • Greg

    So, what is it? Stay off (and out of) the lakes ALL the time or only until the water is tested? It’s can’t possibly be that the RA has ambiguous rules and sporadic, selective enforcement, can it?

    • Karen Goff

      Off (boating, paddleboards) for now. Out (swimming) always.

      • Cluster Tycoon

        On the off chance I sound like Jishnu but here we have an incomplete story because of an incomplete title. Title says:

        RA: Lake Audubon Water Quality is Safe

        That is incomplete! Perhaps go back to RA and ask for a clarification of their public announcement. I would expect something similar to

        RA: Lake Audubon Water Quality is Safe to ______ again.

        Whereas blank could be but is not limited to one, some or all off the following: drink, swim, boat, dog drink, look at, or a term of their own choosing.

        You decide. Thanks and enjoy the rest of the weekend.


        • Karen Goff

          Point taken. Will adjust.

          • Cluster Tycoon


  • John Higgins

    This event seems to have run its course as news, but I’m wondering if anyone has assessed the biohazard to the dozens of athletes whose swim portion of the World Fire & Police Games was in this lake. Is that even possible at this point?

    • Karen Goff

      I think the WPFG swim predated this leak by about three weeks.


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