Boil Water Notices
In the event of a drinking system malfunction or a natural disaster such as flooding, a boil water notice may be issued by the Florida Department of Health. Residents can find boil water notice information through the Florida Department of Health's website. The department compiles boil water information from multiple sources, including press reports, utility data and information from local authorities. Residents can also access resources and guidelines on boil water notices. For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health-Water Programs at (850) 245-4240 or AskEH@flhealth.gov.
Leon County is home to numerous rivers, lakes, and streams which provide ample opportunities for recreational fishing. However, to lower the risk of harm from mercury (or other contaminants) found in fish caught in Florida, the Florida Department of Health has developed a set of guidelines based on tests of various freshwater waterbodies to allow people to determine the amount of fish to eat or avoid. The guidelines for Leon County waterbodies are shown in the following table below. For more information regarding fish advisories please visit the FDOH’s Fish Consumption Advisories webpage.
Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause learning and memory problems in children. Mercury can be naturally found in the environment or may occur due to pollution from electric power plants, mining and other industrial sources. Most Florida fish have low to medium levels of mercury. Other industrial toxins found in fish include polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs), which have been known to cause cancer and can negatively affect the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system and endocrine system of animals, including humans.