Water-Related News

Polk County DOH shuts down lab before sinkhole opens on Mosaic property

WINTER HAVEN – Florida's Department of Health in Polk County no longer offers residential water tests because they shut down their Winter Haven lab in February because of third party companies offering services in the area to test water supplies.

A spokeswoman for Polk County's department of health said that decision came because of the resources available for homeowners around the county to have water tested.

As far as questions dealing with Mosaic, we are told Florida Department of Environmental Protection is taking the lead on response efforts.

DEP continues to perform site visits at Mosaic property to ensure timely responses for public health and the environment.

That's according to a spokeswoman for the state department, "monitoring to date continues to indicate that the process water is being successfully contained, and that there is no evidence of offsite movement or threat to offsite groundwater supplies," said Dee Ann Miller, by email Monday afternoon.

With any indication of offsite migration of contaminated groundwater, affected parties would be notified.