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Withlacoochee and Suwannee River Water Meets Water Quality Standards

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

April 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2014

Contact: Communications Office
(850) 245-4111

STATEMENT FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: WITHLACOOCHEE AND SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MEETS WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health has lifted its precautionary health advisory issued on April 18 after the City of Valdosta reported a wastewater spill caused by manhole overflow made up of a combination of storm water and untreated sewage which spilled into the Withlacoochee River. The Withlacoochee flows south and connects with the Suwannee River.

Recent river water samples taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection indicate the river water meets surface water quality standards ensuring the public they may resume water-related activities.

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