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Sewage spill sparks warnings for Suwannee

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4th incident in a year from Valdosta

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

State and area health officials are, once again, urging caution when coming into contact with water in the Suwannee River.

The Florida Department of Health issued a health advisory Friday because of possible contamination from a spill of partially untreated sewage from a Valdosta treatment plant that officials there reported to environmental authorities the day before.

The tainted water, about 7.5 million gallons of it, made its way into the nearby Withlacoochee River, which, ultimately, feeds into the Suwannee River.

“The incident followed a peak flow of 13.47 million gallons into the treatment plant which resulted from the heavy rain from the previous day,” a City of Valdosta report stated.

The plant, on average, processes about 8 million gallons per day of wastewater, though it has the capability of handling up to 12 million gallons. Anything over that volume of water, quite often, overloads the facility and ends up in the river.


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