ADVISORY FOR PORTION OF WATSON BAYOU LIFTED
August 03, 2021
Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is lifting the advisory for a portion of Watson Bayou from East 8th Street south to East 3rd Street.
The advisory was issued on July 26, 2021 following a release of approximately 12,750 gallons of raw sewage. This was due to two lift stations overflowing, one at 1710 Business Highway 98 and one at 818 East 7th Court. The release entered Watson Bayou.
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 office at 850-481-4806 or visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.
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