March 1 update: This advisory is no longer in effect due to the dispersing effect of recent rains.
Arlington County has issued an advisory on Thursday, February 25, to avoid Four Mile Run Stream downstream of S Arlington Ridge Road. The advisory is issued following a sewage release due to an emergency utility repair at the County’s Water Pollution Control Plant.
Crews are on site working to repair this issue. Currently, S Glebe Road between S Arlington Ridge Road and S Eads Street is closed. An estimated completion time for the repair is unknown at this time.
As a precaution, the public is advised to stay away from the affected water and to keep pets away until further notice.
The public is reminded that stream water can contain microorganisms that can make people sick, whether the stream is located in an urban area or in the middle of a forest. Even after the discharge is naturally flushed from the streams, the County’s normal precautions for safe use of streams apply.
You can find information and safety tips on Arlington streams, including information on reporting stream pollution incidents, on the Department of Environmental Services website.