City of Melbourne Q&A: Answers To Common Questions Regarding Wednesday’s Wastewater Main Leak

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Work is underway to repair a 16-inch wastewater force main under the Eau Gallie River after it was damaged by a City of Melbourne contractor drilling under the river to install a new 20-inch reclaimed water main.

City of Melbourne has released some answers to common questions their office is receiving in regards to the Wastewater Main Leak and Repair.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – City of Melbourne has released some answers to common questions their office is receiving in regards to the Wastewater Main Leak and Repair.

How is the public being notified?

On Wednesday morning, the City began placing signs containing Department of Health recommended language that warn that high bacterial levels may pose a health risk for swimming and fishing. These are being placed in backyards, if accessible, along both sides of the river from where the break occurred near the Apollo Bridge moving eastward, ending at Ballard Park. As a result of regular news releases from the City, the television and print media continue to provide extensive coverage. Updated information is regularly posted on Melbourne’s web site and through its Facebook and Twitter pages.

How many gallons of wastewater leaked as a result of the break?

The damage resulted in four, approximately 2-inch diameter holes. The estimated quantity of wastewater that leaked into the Eau Gallie River is between 300,000-400,000 gallons. Work continues to verify this estimate.

When and how will it be removed from the stormwater retention pond?

There is no timeframe yet because repairs are not yet complete.

Is testing being done?

Yes. Testing was performed both upstream and downstream of the break. The first set of test results should be available this afternoon. Testing will continue today and tomorrow. It takes 24 hours to get the results.

Is the FDEP assisting?

The City is in frequent contact with officials from the FDEP and following their guidance for sampling and reporting.

Is it safe to swim in the river?

Not recommended at this time.

Is it safe to eat fish caught from the river?

Not recommended at this time.

Is it safe for my dogs to play in the water?

Not recommended at this time.

Are there any health concerns from being in the neighborhood and smelling it or being close to the pond?

No.

How long will the smell last?

                The smell should continue to dissipate, but may not be completely gone until all work is finished.

When will the wastewater be removed from the stormwater pond?

                There is not yet a time frame on when it will be removed because the repair has not been completed.

Will the contractors be penalized?

This issue is under determination.

Those who have any further questions or concerns can contact Cheryl Mall via cheryl.mall@mlbfl.org.

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