Lift Station under repair after wastewater leak
St. Petersburg, Fla. (August 22, 2018) Residents and visitors in and around Shore Acres are being advised that surface water may be contaminated after an estimated 5,700 gallons of wastewater leaked from Lift Station #14 at the intersection of Shore Acres Boulevard and Venetian Boulevard, NE.
A pipe inside the pump station – which was scheduled for repairs today – failed sometime during the overnight period and was discovered as workers arrived at 7 am. The leak was fully stopped at 7:40 am.
However, an estimated 5,800 gallons of wastewater flowed down the lift station driveway and along a nearby curbline. While Vactor trucks sucked up approximately 100 gallons, an estimated 5,700 gallons flowed into storm drains which eventually drain to the nearby canals. Signs have been posted advising against swimming fishing or playing in the waters nearby until water samples can be fully tested.
City workers and contractors were able to bypass the affected area and initiate a more permanent fix. That construction will be ongoing for the next few days.