Once again, Valdosta sewage spills prompt Florida Health Department warnings for the Withlacoochee River.
Map: USGS Streamer.
There is nothing on the websites of the Health Departments of Hamilton or Madison Counties. I found this on the facebook page of the Madison County Florida Board of County Commissioners. It’s also on the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, “Posted on behalf of the Florida Dept of Health Hamilton”.
December 17, 2018
HEALTH OFFICIALS IN HAMILTON, MADISON COUNTY ADVISE OF POSSIBLE WASTEWATER CONTAMINATION IN THE WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER HEALTH
Possible Impacts from Valdosta, GA Wastewater Overflow
Lisa. Hayes@fihealth gov
Madison, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton and Madison counties today issued a joint health advisory to residents and visitors near the Withlacoochee River in north Florida. The city of Valdosta, Georgia has reported a large spill of untreated and partially treated sewage mixed with rain water, the spillage will impact water quality in the Withlacoochee River.
Until further information is known regarding possible, contamination of the river, people in the area are urged to take precautions when in contact with the Withlacoochee River. The Florida Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are conducting water sampling,
Water contaminated with wastewater overflow presents several health risks to humans. Untreated human sewage with microbes could cause gastrointestinal issues and other conditions.
‘Anyone who comes into contact with the river water should wash thoroughly, especially before eating or drinking. Children and older adults, as well as people with weakened immune systems, are particularly vulnerable to disease so every precaution should be taken if in contact with the river water.
For more information about the potential health effects of wastewater overflow, Floridians are encouraged to contact DOH-Hamilton at 386-758-1059 or www hamilton floridahealth.aov and DOH-Madison at 850-973-5000 or visit wwaw.madison floridahealth,gov. For information pertaining the spill, contact the Valdosta Utilities Department Environmental Manager, Scott Fowler, at 229-259-3592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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