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St. Augustine issues raw sewage warning for waterways

5:11 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Raw sewage is now funneling into St. Augustine waterways, according to the St. Augustine Department of Public Affairs.

Extreme rainfall has overwhelmed the city's sanitary sewer system in a number of locations resulting in several spills of raw sewage into area waterways.

The City of St. Augustine issued a precautionary notice regarding the use of area waterways including the San Sebastian and Matanzas Rivers, their tributary creeks including Hospital and Oyster Creeks, and Lake Maria Sanchez.

Precautions should be taken when engaged in any waterway activities including swimming, fishing and boating in any of these areas until further noticed.

The water quality will be tested once the rain is over and testing will continue until contaminants from the spills are below established maximum limits for surface water bodies according to the city's Public Works department. 

The city has posted warning signs at the various discharge locations.

The absence of a posted notice should not be taken as an indication that the water is safe for water activities. 

St. Augustine's Public Works Department will issue a notice as soon as it is determined that the water quality has returned to acceptable standards. 

The department said the water may not be acceptable until early next week.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040 during normal business hours or 904.825.1044 after hours.

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