Phone line gives water quality data
The county's health department has a phone line residents can call to acquire weekly water sample results as measured by fecal coliform.
The number, 222-7999, may be called 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The information offered includes the emergency closing of creeks or portions of creeks; the averaged weekly results for 78 stations routinely sampled by the health department for fecal coliform; and a list of phone numbers that can assist residents in reporting a variety of water quality problems.
Fecal coliform are bacteria that come from the intestines of all warm-blooded animals.
Phone-line information is available from sample stations on Rock Creek, Stoney Creek, Bodkin Creek, the Magothy River, the Severn River, the South River, the Rhode River, the West River and Herring Bay.