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~ Includes households, businesses within one mile of Branford Wastewater Treatment Plant ~
The Department of Health in Suwannee County, in coordination with the Suwannee River Water Management District, Department of Environmental Protection and Suwannee County Emergency Management has issued a precautionary boil water notice for residents and businesses located within one mile of the Branford Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Today, several sinkholes formed in the area and have drained the treated wastewater contents of the Plant’s percolation pond. The area is located one-half mile east of Branford High School, just south of County/State Road 247 and 77th Road or Latitude 29o 57’ 45” & Longitude 82o 54’ 37.
“It is important to boil all water from wells in this area as a precautionary measure,” said Pamela Blackmon, Administrator of the Department of Health in Suwannee County.
DOH recommends the following for private well owners:
• Boil water before use, holding it at a rolling boil for at least one (1) minute before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes to kill all germs. Allow water to cool before using.
• Bottled water may be used as an alternative, especially for mixing baby formula.
As a precaution, the Branford Drinking Water Plant has increased the level of chlorine added for disinfection, and staff is monitoring levels hourly. Branford residents may notice an increased chlorine smell or taste in their drinking water during this time. In addition, the groundwater is being tested by the Suwannee River Water Management District at the Branford Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Water well tests for bacteria can be conducted by a certified laboratory to prove well water is safe to drink. Contact the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County for information on labs and testing at (386) 362-2708 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
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