Reclaimed leak stopped (twice) at Northeast Water Reclamation Facility
St. Petersburg, Fla. (January 18, 2018) – About 10,000 gallons of fully-treated reclaimed-quality water leaked from a holding tank due to cold weather and a not-quite-tightened flange on a 36” valve at the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility (NEWRF) at 1160 62nd Avenue NE.
The unauthorized discharge – which began around 5:00 am Thursday and was stopped and repaired by 7:00 a.m. – took place during the coldest part of the morning during an unusually cold snap of weather after a contractor failed to fully tighten bolts on a newly-installed flange.
Following the discovery and repair of that issue, a level sensor failed, which opened a valve from a 10 million gallon storage tank. This allowed another (estimated) 266,000 gallons of fully-treated reclaimed-quality water to be discharged from the tank. While much of the leak was contained in the soil near the tank on-site at the NEWRF property, some did convey into a nearby ditch line which leads to detention ponds south of the NEWRF.
Due to questions regarding potential impacts due to proximity of the NEWRF, the City of St. Petersburg Environmental Compliance Division is conducting background water sampling in Smack’s Bayou. Results of tests on those samples will be posted as soon as they are confirmed by the testing laboratory.