Lake Rose has been infected with “very high levels” of fecal coliform bacteria after a leak from a privately-held lift station, according to a news release from Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division.

Lake Rose is located in West Orange County, and the county urges residents near the area not to partake in any recreational activities in or near the lake, including fishing and swimming, and pets should not drink from it either, according to the news release.

The news release lists the cause of the leak as “a break of the main sprinkler line that eroded the ground housing of the valve box and broke the lift station.” From there, about 1,000 gallons of untreated wastewater leaked into the lake.

The county will continue testing the water to see if it’s safe, but ultimately, the news release states that may be up to “Mother Nature.”

“We do not know the exact time when this issue will be resolved, most likely in the next two weeks,” said Julie Bortles, Orange County Water Sciences Program Supervisor, in the news release. “Mother Nature will ultimately remediate the bacteria levels, and our department will continue testing the site every couple of days until water quality is determined to be safe. Residents should take precautionary measures to avoid exposure.”

For more information, call (407) 836-1400.

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