TAMPA - County health officials issued a warning Tuesday for residents living downstream from the Hillsborough River near the Sulphur Springs area after sewage spilled into the river.
According to city officials, a 42-inch main broke near the 700 block of N 13th Street about 10 p.m. Monday, sending an undetermined amount of sewage into the river.
Officials said the leak occurred downstream from the reservoir that provides the city's water supply, so water above the dam was not contaminated. However, residents downstream of the dam are being urged to avoid contact with the water in the river for the next several days.
The Environmental Protection Commission and Hillsborough officials are sampling and monitoring the river.
Meanwhile, officials said that anyone who comes in contact with the contaminated water should shower thoroughly with soap and water and wash all contaminated clothing in hot water and detergent.