More than 35,000 gallons spilled into the Sarasota waterway in July; bacteria have returned to acceptable levels, according to a report.
A health advisory issued last month after more than 35,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a Siesta Key canal has been lifted.
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County lifted the warning issued July 10 for Grand Canal after water samples indicated that bacteria have returned to acceptable levels in the canal.
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According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Sarasota County Lockwood Ridge booster station failed the afternoon of July 9, causing about 36,000 gallons of untreated wastewater to spill from the Siesta Key Master Lift Station into Grand Canal in the 5100 block of Oakmont Place. About 14,700 gallons was recovered.
In the advisory, people were urged to take precautions when in contact with the waters of Grand Canal. Water contaminated with wastewater overflow presents several health risks to humans. Untreated human sewage with microbes could cause gastrointestinal issues and other conditions.
More than 3,000 gallons of sewage spilled in northern Sarasota County, it was discovered Monday.
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