Health officials: Withlacoochee River may be contaminated with untreated sewage

Sewage Spill
Posted at 12:30 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 07:49:47-05

MADISON, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton and Madison counties warns the Withlacoochee River may be contaminated with untreated sewage.

According to health officials, the city of Valdosta reported a large spill of untreated sewage and believe the spillage will impact water quality at Mud Creek and the Withlacoochee River. 

At this time, the Florida Department of Health is conducting water sampling. 

Until more information is gathered about the possible contamination of the river, residents in the area are urged to take precautions as contaminated water posses several health risks. 

Untreated human sewage bacteria 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 elderly adults, as well as people with weakened immune systems, are particularly vulnerable so be sure to take every precaution with them.

For more information about the potential health effects of wastewater overflow, you are encouraged to contact DOH-Hamilton at 386-758-1059 or and DOH-Madison at 850-973-5000 or visit

For more information about the spill, contact the Valdosta Utilities Department Environmental Manager Scott Fowler at 229-259-3592 or