Brevard Beachside Residents Asked to Restrict Water Usage After Sewer Line Break
By Space Coast Daily // September 20, 2016
between the Pineda and Eau Gallie Causeways
BREAK OCCURRED IN 1800 BLOCK OF SOUTH PATRICK DRIVE
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Beachside residents between the Pineda and Eau Gallie Causeways, are being asked to restrict the amount of water sent down their drains due to a sewer main break at South Patrick Drive and Banana River Drive.
The water is safe to drink, however residents are asked to refrain from washing clothes, taking showers or baths and to limit toilet flushing as much as possible.
The break occurred in the 1800 block of South Patrick Drive.
Utility Services Director Jim Helmer told the Board of County Commissioners during today’s BOCC meeting that repair crews and tanker trucks are en route to the site although there may not be enough capacity in those trucks to accommodate the flow of raw sewerage moving through the pipe.
The County is using a retention pond at the B-20 Lift Station for the overflow, and will likely use Sea Park Pond for overflow as necessary. The state Department of Environmental Protection has been notified, he said.
The County has been in the process of a design plan for replacement of the entire 20-year-old, 1.1-mile PVC section of pipe, a project the County is trying to speed up as much as possible due to recent breaks in the line, Helmer said.
As soon as the design is complete, the project will be put out for bid for replacement. The County will also look at ways to expedite that plan, he said.
“We are going to do the best we can, but this is a pretty serious break,” Helmer said. “Hopefully we will have it repaired during the day today, but we have to stop the flow while the repair is made.”
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