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Health Officials in Hamilton County Advise of Possible Wastewater Contamination in the Alapaha River

By DOH Hamilton Staff

August 15, 2018

Jasper, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County today issued a health advisory to residents and visitors near the Alapaha River in north Florida. The city of Valdosta, Georgia has reported a large spill of secondary clarifier effluent; the spillage may impact water quality at Knight's Creek and the Alapaha 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 Alapaha River.

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 386-758-1058 or www.hamilton.floridahealth.gov

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