Shepard’s Park Beach will remain closed today following a sewage spill that occurred Sunday. Million Dollar Beach and Usher’s Park Beach are also closed until further testing is done.
At about 3 p.m. Sunday, a pipe, worn out from use and time, ruptured and spilled roughly 6,000 gallons of sewage onto Shepard’s Park Beach, according to the Lake George Water Department.
The village gets its drinking water from the lake, but officials said the spill was far enough away from the water source to affect it. According to the state Health Department, the water has been tested and is safe for drinking.
Boats are now permitted on the lake in the area of Shepard’s Park, but swimming is not allowed at the beach as more water tests are conducted. Test results are not expected to come back until late today or Wednesday.
Officials said the beaches will reopen as soon as the water is deemed safe for swimming. Shepard’s Park is situated on Canada Street in the village in the southwestern corner of the lake. Million Dollar Beach is in the southeastern corner.
Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said the village will replace sewage-contaminated sand at Shepard’s Park.