Advisory Lifted for Portion of St. Andrews Bay
September 27, 2019
Panama City, Fla. –Testing by the City of Panama City shows that bacteria levels are now in a safe range following a release of 1,200 gallons of raw sewage. The advisory for St. Andrews Bay from west of the Panama City Marina to Moore Circle is lifted.
The incident happened due to a discharge hose split from a force main at 4th Street and Government Street in Panama City. The release has been stopped and repairs have been made.
Sewage contamination of water can expose swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Swimming in the water may cause symptoms like food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea. Infection is possible in open cuts and wounds that come in contact with the water.
For more information, contact the DOH-Bay’s Environmental Health at 850-481-4806 or visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.
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