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TDEC Issues Temporary Water Contact Advisory For Millers Creek

TDEC Issues Temporary Water Contact Advisory For Millers Creek

CREATED Feb 5, 2014

COOPERTOWN, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has issued a temporary water contact advisory for Millers Creek in Coopertown, located in Robertson County.

TDEC issued the advisory Tuesday after Maple Green wastewater treatment lagoon developed sinkholes. Officials reported that seven million gallons of wastewater were released into the groundwater that eventually reached the headwaters of Millers Creek.

The department has collected samples and informed the public that ongoing flow of untreated wastewater into Millers Creek presents a potential public health threat. Sampling results should be available within 48 hours.

Officials said there are no downstream drinking water intakes for up to 50 miles and no known private wells in the immediate area.

If water contact cannot be avoided, or if you are unsure of the cleanliness of the water you have contacted, the best thing to do is wash with clean water and soap. Ingestion of contaminated water and exposure to open cuts or scrapes would be the greatest cause for concern from a health standpoint.

For more information on TDEC's Division of Water Resources, click here.