CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - This week's beach activities are looking up.
Lake Erie swimmers were on alert all weekend after the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) posted a public advisory at Edgewater Beach. Officials say a combined sewer overflow event at Edgewater discharged raw sewage into Lake Erie during Saturday's heavy rain event.
That advisory was canceled Monday afternoon.
Visitors - particularly children, the elderly and those in poor health - were advised to avoid contact with the water and debris.
Tom Smith, whose two daughters were in the water when 19 Action News showed up, said "I don't want them going in any deeper than their waist because I definitely don't want the water going into their mouth."
Jean Chapman with the Northeast Ohio Sewer District said "when the sewer pipes become too full, we'll redirect the water into the waterways" and "you'll have any water coming form homes whether that be from the washing machine, dishwasher or toilet."
Since 1972, NEORSD has reduced the volume of combined sewer overflows from 10 billion gallons to 5 billions gallons. Throughout the mid-1970's, the combined sewer outlet at Edgewater Beach discharged raw sewage into Lake Erie approximately 40 to 50 times per year. However, because of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's improvements to aging infrastructure, the Edgewater combined sewer overflow discharges have significantly decreased.
The last Edgewater discharge occurred in August of 2007.