Southwest Water Reclamation Facility Overflow – July 14 Update
St. Petersburg, Fla. (July 14, 2017) – Fifty thousand gallons of partially-treated wastewater from the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility (SWWRF), 3800 54th Ave. S. did not flow into an onsite retention/detention pond as first reported July 12, but breached the sides of the chlorine contact chamber, moving into a swale area and never reaching the on-site retention pond. Plant officials noticed this detail after sunrise on Thursday. The spilled wastewater was already being treated prior to the breach, so no other disinfection was necessary.
Plant officials say recent heavy rains, along with construction of the chlorine contact chamber, part of which was offline to accommodate the expansion currently underway at SWWRF, led to the discharge. There have been no incidents of raw or untreated wastewater reported in following the discharge.