Avoid Contact Temporarily with Holmes Run Stream

Holmes Run Stream

Updated Oct. 21, 4:46 p.m.

County staff continue to work in the area to make the necessary repairs. The signs are still in effect. People are ignoring the signs and they are wading and fishing in the water. We can’t lift the ban until we get a heavy downpour; the water is still contaminated. We are getting more tests done tomorrow but the tests from last week indicate there is heavy fecal contamination. The new test results may come back at the end of this week. In the meantime, we are depending on Mother Nature to send us some rain and wash out the stream!

 

Posted at 1:45 p.m.

Due to a sanitary sewer line collapse, Fairfax County officials advise residents to avoid contact with Holmes Run Stream until further notice. In particular, residents should avoid the stream area from Columbia Pike to Dowden Terrace.

Untreated wastewater was released into the stream, causing a potential health hazard. However, county employees have stopped any further discharge of untreated wastewater from entering the stream.

The county will be conducting environmental tests to determine bacteria levels in the water.

The break took place on Sunday, just south of Columbia Pike, below 3800 Powell Lane. Crews are on site working to repair the collapsed 33 inch pipe.

The Holmes Run stream is part of the Cameron Run watershed.

For more information, call the Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division, 703-323-1211 (24-hour), TTY 711.

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5 responses to “Avoid Contact Temporarily with Holmes Run Stream”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Has this warning been rescinded yet or do you know when that might occur?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      County staff continue to work in the area to make the necessary repairs. The signs are still in effect. People are ignoring the signs and they are wading and fishing in the water. We can’t lift the ban until we get a heavy downpour; the water is still contaminated. We are getting more tests done tomorrow but the tests from last week indicate there is heavy fecal contamination. The new test results may come back at the end of this week. Then we will know more. In the meantime, we are depending on Mother Nature to send us some rain and wash out the stream!

      • Anonymous says :

        It would be very easy to just open the Lake Barcroft Dam and let some water flush out the stream. Is this not a viable possibility?

        • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

          Thanks for the question. Lake Barcroft is privately owned and maintained. Fairfax County does not own or maintain the dam. There are permit restrictions on when the Barcroft owners may release water. The county has no control over the operation or maintenance of the dam.

  2. Anonymous says :

    When will work be completed?

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