PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF LAKELAND WASTE WATER UTILITY REPORTS APPROXIMATELY 1200 GALLONS OF UNTREATED WASTE WATER SPILLED
CITY OF LAKELAND WASTE WATER UTILITY REPORTS
APPROXIMATELY 1200 GALLONS OF UNTREATED WASTE WATER SPILLED
LAKELAND, FL (December 21, 2016) - The City of Lakeland Waste Water Utility in accordance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is reporting that approximately 1,200 gallons of untreated waste water spilled at 3242 New Tampa Highway because of a broken check valve at the pump station. The incident was discovered at 8 p.m. on December 20th. The event was terminated at 10:05 p.m. The area around the site was washed down and the wash water was vacuumed. No property damage reported. Sheet flow from pump station does enter storm drains. It is unknown but these drains could flow to an unnamed ditch which feeds the Itechapackasassa River. Public should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. City of Lakeland will be doing the testing.
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REPORT
Name of reporting party: Richard Ruede
Installation Name: Lakeland Water Utilities
Installation Address: 1825 Glendale Street
Installation Location: Lakeland, Florida
Contact person for further information: Robert Conner, Rick Ruede
Permit Number (if facility/installation holds a permit): FL0039772
Date and time of the incident or discovery: 8:00 PM, 20 December, 2016
Location of the incident or discovery: 3242 New Tampa Highway
Suspected source and cause of incident or discovery: Broken (Hole in side of valve) Check Valve at Pump Station.
Type of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): Untreated Wastewater
Amount of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): 1,200 Gallons
Medium (e.g. land, water, air) affected by pollution: Water
Potentially affected areas beyond installation property boundary: Sheet flow from station across parking lot entering storm drains. Unknown but believe these drains flow to an unnamed ditch which feeds the Itechapackasassa river - US Waters.
Potential risk to the public health, safety, or welfare: People should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. City of Lakeland will be doing the testing.
Identification of other parties notified of incident and time notification occurred: State Warning Point Incident # 2016-9433, Katie Castor – FDEP and Laurie Smith – COL Lakes and Stormwater via this e-mail