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Minor Unauthorized Discharges Managed by City's Water Resources Department

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 23, 2017) – Several minor unauthorized discharges have been noted over the last several days:

  • Saturday, May 20, 8:25 p.m. - Approximately 25 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled from a service cleanout in the alley at 1417 29th St. N. due to a grease stoppage. About 10 gallons of the wastewater was vacuumed near a storm drain, with 15 gallons traveling into Emerald Lake, a retention/detention pond. The area was treated with the disinfectant Lem-O-Quat. The stoppage was cleared and the source of grease is under investigation.
  • Sunday, May 21, 8:10 p.m. - City crews responded to a citizen call about a possible reclaimed water line break at 5116 Venetian Blvd. NE. The leak was determined to be a one inch service line located underneath the sidewalk in front of the residence. Approximately 990 gallons of reclaimed water flowed east into a stormwater catch basin which empties into a canal leading to Tampa Bay. The crew shut down the reclaimed water main until repairs are completed. The duration of the unauthorized discharge was 90 minutes.
  • Monday, May 22, 7:40 a.m. - The flow of water from a well overwhelmed a sewer gravity line during a brief, but heavy rain. This caused approximately 80 gallons of groundwater to overflow from a manhole located just southwest of Lift Station #85 at the decommissioned Albert Whitted Water Reclamation Facility, 601 Eighth Ave. SE. Groundwater from the well drained into a storm drain located about 10 feet away. The overflow stopped immediately as the well pump was turned off. 

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