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Update on Status of Tinker Creek

August 14, 2017

The following update has been provided by the Virginia Department of Health:

  • On Monday, August 7th, DEQ Water Monitoring staff collected additional water samples from Tinker Creek.  Sampling locations ranged from the vicinity of the spill to the Route 24 bridge across Tinker Creek near the confluence with the Roanoke River.
  • Water samples were analyzed by the Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.  Results showed no evidence of the spilled chemical, Termix 5301.
  • Based upon the results of this latest round of water samples, the Virginia Department of Health is lifting the ban on recreational activities in Tinker Creek. For information on safe swimming in recreational waters please visit