Baltimore Officials Provide Update On Parasite Detected In Lake Druid Reservoir


Areas impacted by the parasite are outlined in red. (Image Credit: Baltimore City Department of Public Works and Transportation)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) have provided the public with an update concerning the recent discovery of Cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite, in the Druid Lake Reservoir.

The parasite was initially detected during a routine test on Thursday, Sept. 28. Cryptosporidium, commonly found in natural water sources like lakes and rivers, has the potential to cause gastrointestinal issues, especially in individuals with weakened immune systems.

To aid the public in assessing their risk levels, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been made accessible on the DPW website. This document addresses pertinent health concerns and outlines the measures DPW is implementing to safeguard the water supply.

Residents are encouraged to utilize an Interactive Map available online to ascertain if their residences fall within the impacted region.

It's crucial to note that the advisory, which remains in effect, only pertains to a specific segment of the water system, impacting areas in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County. Officials emphasize that drinking water remains safe for the majority of residents.

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