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Hot Springs Water Unaffected by Substance Found in Lake Hamilton

Spill is reportedly located 6 miles below water intake
Update:
Officials with the Arkansas Department of Health are now saying they do not believe the substance found in Lake Hamilton is oil.

After returning to the lake after sending samples away for tests, much of the substance had dissipated, and there is no cause for health concerns.


Original Story:
HOT SPRINGS, AR -- According to the Hot Springs website, an oil spill in Lake Hamilton will not affect the city's drinking water.

The City of Hot Springs posted the following news release on their website Wednesday afternoon:

Hot Springs Municipal Utilities' potable water system will not be adversely affected by today's confirmed oil spill in Lake Hamilton, according to Utilities Director Richard Penn.

"The oil spill is located about 6 miles below the city's water intake," said Penn. "Our water system customers will be unaffected."

At 11:08 this morning, the Arkansas Health Department received a report from a Lake Hamilton property owner of a one-mile-long, 20-feet-wide oil spill in front of her property, which is located in a cove of the lake. Emergency responders are on the scene. The origin and chemical composition of the spill is unknown at this time.

Stick with ArkansasMatters.com for more information as it becomes available.
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