City to Discharge Partially-Treated Wastewater Into Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (June 7, 2016) – Today, the City of St. Petersburg began discharging partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay from the Albert Whitted wastewater facility, which is currently being used for storage capacity. The city joins other municipalities in response to wastewater processing challenges from Tropical Storm Colin
Due to Tropical Storm Colin and the inundation of our system from processing wastewater for St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, and Treasure Island, the city has been authorized to discharge partially treated wastewater at the Albert Whitted Plant under General Condition 22 of the city’s Wastewater Treatment permit. This permit allows bypassing around wastewater plants when unusual emergency circumstances are experienced. This bypass will allow partially treated wastewater to be discharged directly into Tampa Bay at a level of treatment similar to what was normal in the 1970s (called Primary Treatment).
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified of a discharge.
The discharge began at 4:00 pm. The City of St. Petersburg will sample the discharge water to document the quality of that water.
The discharge outfall is located approximately one-quarter of a mile into Tampa Bay, east of Albert Whitted Airport.
Please avoid contact with the water in that area of Tampa Bay.