10-Inch Force Main Break Results in Sewage Leak Near Wilson Avenue In Cocoa
By Space Coast Daily // October 18, 2016
CREWS removed contaminated soil
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Utilities Department reported that raw sewage was discovered bubbling out of the ground on Monday morning in the vicinity of 300 N. Wilson Avenue.
A wastewater collection crew responded and found that a 10-inch force main was leaking. The maintenance crew isolated the leaking pipe by shutting off valves to the north and south of the area.
“The maintenance crew excavated the pipe and found a hole in the 10-inch force main,” said Donald Downs,
Conservation/Public Relations Officer.
“They repaired the pipe with a repair clamp at 1:30 p.m. and put it back in service at 2 p.m. The Wastewater Collection crew removed all contaminated soil around the break area using a Vac Con truck (also known as a Jet-Vac) and disinfected the area using Pine Oil Disinfectant. The crew removed the contaminated soil and replaced it with uncontaminated soil.”
According to Downs, the sewage spill was contained to a vacant lot in a low lying area in an industrial park and the spill did not affect any commercial or residential area and did not enter any waterway.
“The potential risk to the public is minimal,” said Downs.
The Cocoa Utilities Department called the Florida Warning Point Toll Free Number on Monday at about 2:30 p.m. to report the spill, and reported the spill to Department of Environmental Protection at 3 p.m.
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ABOVE MAP: The Cocoa Utilities Department reported that raw sewage was discovered bubbling out of the ground on Monday morning in the vicinity of 300 N. Wilson Avenue.