'No swimming' advisory continues in Sound

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A health advisory remains in place after a wastewater spill late Saturday during Hurricane Nate.

Thursday afternoon, the Florida Health Department in Escambia County said they are running regular tests on the waters of Santa Rosa Sound.

They have to get three negative results before they can lift the advisory. That hasn't happened yet.

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) is also running regular tests.

During the hurricane, power went out on Pensacola Beach. Generators kicked in, but ECUA says one of them failed, because of contaminated gasoline.

400,000 gallons spilled, although most of it was contained within the facility. About 100,000 gallons flowed into Santa Rosa Sound.

The advisory will be lifted after three tests come back negative for contaminants.

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