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Main break in Tallahassee releases more than 105K gallons of untreated wastewater

Posted at 1:00 PM, Mar 22, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection pollution notice released Tuesday evening, a force main break led to the release of 105,700 gallons of untreated wastewater Tuesday morning.

The department said in a notice the cause of the break was discovered when the pressure drop alarm was activated.

When city of Tallahassee crews arrived to 7684 Preservation Road, it was determined that the 12 inch break was caused by a tree that fell on a portion of exposed pipe.

Crews shut down Pump Station 94 to make repairs. The untreated wastewater entered a drainage canal, which is connected to the Shelly Pond Stormwater facility.

As of Tuesday evening, the department of environmental protection said that crews began the clean-up process by disinfecting impacted soils and had a recovery pump in place to recover stormwater and wastewater mixture from the canal as it entered Shelly Pond.

Residents that were impacted by the incident were notified.