Visitors -- especially children, the elderly and those in ill health -- should avoid contact with the water

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CLEVELAND -- The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has posted a swimming advisory for Edgewater Park after heavy rainfall caused raw sewage to be released into Lake Erie overnight Tuesday and Wednesday.

Visitors -- especially children, the elderly and those in ill health -- should avoid contact with the water.

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"Last night's overflow at Edgewater is yet another example of why we need to continue to be aggressive in investing in our sewer infrastructure, particularly if want to continue to capitalize on the good work of the Cleveland Metroparks and those who are developing along the lakefront," said Julius Ciaccia, Sewer District executive director. "Otherwise, to ignore the problems, like combined sewer overflows, stormwater runoff, failing septic systems, and illicit connections of sanitary sewage to storm sewers, that plague our local waterways would be irresponsible, and would squander the past investments made to keep our Great Lake great."

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