870,000 Gallons of Wastewater Sewage Leaks Into Indian River Lagoon In Titusville
By Space Coast Daily // July 31, 2018
leak occurred behind one of Titusville's lift stations on Indian River Avenue
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – The City of Titusville discovered approximately 870,000 gallons of wastewater sewage has leaked into the Indian River Lagoon on Monday behind one of Titusville’s lift stations on Indian River Avenue.
Titusville Water Resources field crews were called in to stop the leak and determine the cause. After discovering the leak, the flow was stopped after about three hours, according toSean Stauffer, Titusville Water Resources Director.
“Crews determined that an old force main, which was abandoned and replaced almost 40 years ago, had not been properly abandoned,” said Stauffer.
“A portion of the old main remained active and ruptured, causing over 870,000 gallons of sewage to flow into the lagoon.”
City officials said Titusville’s crews were able to shut down and properly abandon the damaged line. The area was cleaned and disinfected, according to regulations, say officials.
“Although regulations did not require the city to issue a news release regarding the leak, Titusville did so because it wants to keep its citizens informed,” said Stauffer.
The discharge has been reported to the Florida State Department of Environmental Protection.
“The lagoon is a big focus for everyone in Brevard County,” Stauffer said.
“We want our residents to know when any incident occurs that could affect the lagoon.”
Stauffer noted that the leak occurred in one of the oldest sections of the utility’s system.
“Repairing and replacing infrastructure is one of the biggest expenses for a utility. Florida’s coastal soils are very hard on pipes, concrete, and other parts of the infrastructure, so it’s a never-ending process to keep things repaired,” said Stauffer.
According to Jim Thomas, Community Relations Director for the City of Titusville, “Titusville does not use the Indian River Lagoon as a source for drinking water.”
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