Sewage spill update

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FDEP: bacteria in river at safe levels

By The Staff

Contamination levels from a recent sewage spill into the Withlacoochee River are below state limits for fecal coliform bacteria, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Dea Ann Miller, FDEP spokesperson, wrote in an email Monday that tests were done in two locations Friday on the Withlacoochee, near Madison Blue Spring and at County Road 141.
"The lab results (at 200 CFU/100 ml) indicate that readings are well below the established water quality standard  for Fecal Coliform of 800 CFU/100 ml, and indicate little to no environmental impact. This was also supported by lab results taken upstream in Georgia by the City of Valdosta," Miller wrote.