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On August 22, 2021 at 10:10 AM, the City of St. Petersburg Water crews responded to a water main leak reported at the intersection of 79th Street South and Central Avenue in the City of St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, St. Petersburg crews found that a sanitary sewer force main was leaking from a 2-inch standpipe that had broken off above ground. There are several wastewater force mains in the right of way along this section of roadway belonging to St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, and the City of St. Petersburg and ownership of the leaking infrastructure was unknown at the time of the leak. The City of St. Petersburg pump station near the leak was shut down, but the leak pressure did not change. The City’s of St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island were called in to assist the City of St. Petersburg maintenance personnel with the repair. St. Petersburg personnel used a wooden plug and strapping to stop discharge. The discharge was stopped at approximately 1:30 PM on 8/22/2021. A City of St. Petersburg Vac-truck was used to recover wastewater and the area was disinfected with two applications of chemical disinfectant. It is estimated that 70,500 gallons of wastewater were discharged into Boca Ciega Bay. The City of St. Petersburg was able to recover approximately 24,000 gallons of wastewater using their Vac-truck.
The City of St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, and Treasure Island staff, following the plugging of the stand-pipe, have determined that the stand-pipe and force main that experienced the leak are owned by the City of St. Pete Beach. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified as required by State Law. The City of St. Petersburg has posted public notification signage throughout the area of the leak and will take initial samples and continue to sample the surface waters of Boca Ciega Bay that were impacted by the leak until the samples pass.
City of St. Pete Beach has issued an emergency repair work request with the City’s emergency response contractor, Rowland, Inc., to assess the location for a permanent repair to prevent additional discharge.