“No Contact” Health Advisory Lifted

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ CHA) is lifting the No Contact Health Advisory for the St. Joseph River from the Broadway Street Bridge to Withers Road Bridge. Residents can again utilize the St. Joseph River for recreational activities.

Officials of the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant had notified the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (CHA), that approximately 20,000 gallons of untreated waste water was discharged into the St. Joseph River on Wednesday July 26th at 9:30 p.m.

Water samples collected by personnel from the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 27th with results reported to BHSJ CHA on July 28th show that the water in the St. Joseph River now contains levels of fecal coliform generally expected to be present.

Coliform is a naturally occurring bacteria that is found in all bodies of surface water all the time.  Heavy rain can add to the coliform level as surface run off brings additional contaminants into bodies of water.  You can prevent illness from exposure to coliform by bathing and washing all clothing that touched the water, when you complete your activities for the day. Avoid ingesting the water from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams to prevent stomach illnesses. Younger children and seniors are at greatest risk for illness. If you develop symptoms of upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, contact your health care provider or local urgent care.

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