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Special well water testing available for residents impacted by Valdosta sewage spill

Posted at 8:48 AM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 09:10:20-05

HAMILTON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Free well water test kits will be available this week for Hamilton County residents that live near the Withlacoochee River.

The Florida Department of Health is providing residents that live within five miles the Withlacoochee River with water testing kits in response to the Valdosta waste water spill that occurred earlier this month.

People in Hamilton County are still dealing with the impacts of the 7 million gallons of sewage that poured into Sugar Creek .

Officials say well water samples must be collected no earlier than 9 a.m. on Dec.26 and Jan.2. and turned into the health department no later than 11 a.m. on Dec.27 and Jan.3.

A new schedule will be released after the holidays.

Well water sampling instructions are located on the back of the sample form provided by the Hamilton County Health Department.

Officials say residents should make sure the water sample bottle label has their name and address on it.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Department of Heath Environmental team at (386)792-1414.

Free well water testing in Hamilton County will be available through January 31,2020.