UPDATE: Repairs To Broken Wastewater Main Completed, Say Melbourne City Officials

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At approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, repairs to the broken wastewater main were completed. Crews will now spend the next several days removing wastewater from the stormwater pond.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – At approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, repairs to the broken wastewater main were completed. Crews will now spend the next several days removing wastewater from the stormwater pond, according to Melbourne city officials.

The wastewater was diverted to the stormwater pond while the pipe was leaking in order to keep wastewater out of the Eau Gallie River.

“Late yesterday afternoon, the City of Melbourne lifted the advisory it issued after the spill that had warned people not to swim or fish in the Eau Gallie River. It is now safe to resume fishing, swimming and other recreational activities,”said Cheryl Mall for the City of Melbourne.

City employees are in the process of removing the warning signs placed at residences and other sites along the river.

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – For three consecutive days in a row water samples taken upstream and downstream of the site of last week’s wastewater spill have had bacteriological counts at background levels.

Therefore, the City of Melbourne is lifting the advisory it issued after the spill. It is now safe to resume fishing, swimming and other recreational activities in the Eau Gallie River.

City staff will begin collecting the signs placed at residences and other sites along the river tomorrow morning.

Work to complete the repairs to the broken wastewater main will begin at midnight tonight.

Crews will cut out the damaged section of pipe and will replace it with a new section of pipe. This final repair is expected to be completed by sunrise tomorrow. Wastewater will continue to be diverted to the stormwater pond until the final repair is completed.

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The following are results from the fifth day of water quality testing. Samples were taken on Nov. 20.

Sample Point: Fecal Coliform, count/100ml or (Colony Forming Units)

  • West of railroad: 60 cfu/100ml
  • East of US 1: 32 cfu/100ml
  • North of Ballard Park: 16 cfu/100ml
  • Ballard Park: 64 cfu/100ml

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