VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The latest sewage spill in Valdosta is causing the Florida department of Health to issue a warning tonight.
The department is encouraging people to avoid contact with water from the Withlacoochee River.
Because of recurring sewage spills during heavy rain, Valdosta is under an order to build a new waste water treatment plant. The city says the treatment plant remained in compliance but some manholes overflowed.
The city released this statement in response to the Florida Department of Health's warning:
"The city is very sensitive to the effects of the recent overflows on the environment and neighboring, downstream communities. During this major rain event, the city's wastewater treatment plant remained in compliance; however, several manholes inside the city limits overflowed. All overflows have now ceased, and clean-up is underway. The city has planned, designed and bid a force main project and will award a $32 million contract in May that will prevent the majority of these overflows from occurring in the future."