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Small leak stopped at Southwest Water Reclamation Facility

St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 29, 2017) – A leak of about 300 gallons of reclaimed-quality “plant water” leaked out of a newly connected pipe structure at the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility (SWWRF) at 3800 54th Avenue South Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The unauthorized discharge – discovered just after noon and stopped by 1 p.m. – was likely due to a new glue joint failing on a contractor-installed pipe that carried reclaimed water through the facility.  The plant service-water pump was turned off and the joint was quickly repaired before any more water leaked.

The water – which is the same as residents use for irrigation city-wide – soaked into the ground near the leak site and was completely contained on the property of the SWWRF.

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