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Water Resources crews offer Mutual Aid for serious sewer situations

Bradenton, Fla. (June 1, 2018) – Yes, the dateline on this story is correct.  It’s a story of cooperation and assistance… to help keep our waterways safe. 

After a contractor mistakenly broke a sanitary sewer force main Thursday, May 31, 2018, City of Bradenton crews mobilized to suck-up and spills and tried to keep conveying wastewater to its treatment plant.  But by this morning, it was apparent that they were overwhelmed.  So they put out a call for help.

“We’ve got assistance from Charlotte County, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Manatee….” said James Martin, Superintendent of Mechanical Lift Stations with the City of Bradenton, ticking off some of those municipalities who answered the call – along with the City of St. Petersburg. 

St. Petersburg Water Resources Director John Palenchar didn’t hesitate to dispatch two Vactor Truck crews across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to assist.

“We’re in this to help,” he said.  “We’re all in this together… and we’re here for them.”

All day Friday, crews vacuumed wastewater and transferred the effluent to in-tact pipes and eventual treatment.  Unfortunately, some sewage did seep into storm drains… and potentially into the waters of the state.  As this event is still on-going, a total of the overflow has not been determined, but Bradenton Public Works managers are truly grateful for – and roundly praised – the mutual aid.

“That’s the way it should be,” said Lift Station Superintendent Martin.  “We all work for the same people – the public – and that’s the way it should be.”

You can see the complete story on the City of St. Petersburg Public Works YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/oWkfrjZhf1A

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