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Over 2,000 gallons of untreated wastewater overflows in ditch along Keith Street

Posted at 6:56 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 18:56:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A blockage of an 8-inch clay gravity main caused over 2,000 gallons of untreated domestic wastewater to overflow in a stormwater ditch along Keith Street in Tallahassee.

At 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, an untreated domestic wastewater overflow was discovered at 647 Floral Street due to the blockage of the 8-inch clay gravity main caused by debris in the line.

The blockage was cleared through high pressure jetting and overflow was stopped by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The 2,880 gallons overflow entered a stormwater ditch that runs along Keith Street and eventually connects to Munson Slough.

The City of Tallahassee said the stormwater ditch is not easily accessible by the public and it is not believed that Munson Slough was impacted by the overflow. Crews performed recovery actions through the use of a vac truck from the stormwater ditch near the intersection of Kissimmee Street and Keith Street.

According to the city, there are no expected impacts to surface waters as there was no evidence of flow into Munson Slough.

However, in an abundance of caution, water quality samples were collected from the Slough. The affected area was cleaned and deodorized.