VDH issues warning to avoid swimming in Tuckahoe Creek due to sewage release

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) issued a warning on Thursday asking people to avoid Tuckahoe Creek and parts of James river due to a sewage release from a Goochland County Department of Public Utilities sewer on Tuesday, July 27.

A section of the James River extending from Robious Landing Park to Belle Isle along with Tuckahoe Creek was closed following the discharge.

 “Goochland Department of Public Utilities will be repairing the section of damaged sewer main this week. No sewage is currently being released to waterways. The Department of Environmental Quality is working to collect samples on Tuckahoe Creek, where accessible, and the James River, to monitor the bacteria concentrations as the sewage release moves through these water bodies. Advisories will be lifted once bacteria levels in these vicinities are at levels acceptable for recreational contact.” VDH said in a statement. 

The authorities there would be no impact on local drinking water, but advised residents to avoid recreational water activities such as “swimming, wading, tubing, and whitewater kayaking.”

On Tuesday night, the sewage was discharged into Tuckahoe Creek. Almost 300,000 gallons of raw, undiluted sewage was released into the Creek. According to the statement, the sewage release was stopped by 11 p.m.