Utility: Gas Spill Posed No Threat to Greers Ferry Lake's Drinking Water

HEBER SPRINGS, AR - A spokesman for a water utility says a gasoline leak at a marina on Greers Ferry Lake never degraded the drinking water reserve.

Also, the marina and surrounding park are expected to reopen possibly by the weekend.

Two above-ground storage tanks, each with 3,000-gallon capacity, began leaking Saturday at the Shiloh Marina in Cleburne County.  Workers placed booms in the lake to stop the gasoline from spreading, and the cleanup continued this week.

Community Water System, which provides water to about 6,100 residential customers in Cleburne, Faulkner, Stone and Van Buren counties, uses almost six million gallons a day from the lake.  Spokesman Tim Shaw said the utility's intake system is several miles to the north and water users were never at risk.

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