Sarasota: Damaged sanitary sewer force main leads to a 150,000 gallon raw wastewater spill

Francesco Abbruzzino, The Uncensored Report, LLC



Pursuant to Section 403.077, F.S., the Department of Environmental Protection has received the following Public Notice of Pollution for a reportable release. All information displayed was submitted by the reporting party.

Type of Notice: Initial Report
Date of Notice: 10/22/2021

Incident Information
Name of Incident: Bee Ridge and Mauna Loa Blvd 102121
State Watch Office Case Number: 6015
Start of Incident: 10/21/2021 05:30 AM
End of Incident: 10/21/2021 06:45 AM

Incident Description
Public Utility crews responded to a call regarding a damaged sanitary sewer force main at Bee Ridge Rd and Mauna Loa Blvd. Upon investigation, crews discovered that an 8-inch diameter sanitary sewer force main had been struck and broken by a directional drilling contractor using a boring machine. Staff were able to isolate the force main and stop the leak. Approximately 150,000 gallons of raw wastewater spilled into a stormwater swale running along Bee Ridge Rd and 130,000 gallons were recovered. Surface waters were not impacted and therefore no sampling is necessary. Notifications and cleanup are proceeding per protocol. A claim will be filed with Risk Management to seek reimbursement for costs related to this incident.

Incident Location
Facility/Installation Name: Bee Ridge WRF Service Area
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State: FL
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Lat: 27.298856719940943, Long: -82.44033557151292
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Impacted Counties: Sarasota
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Incident Reported By
Name: Danny Young
Title: Supervisor
Phone: (941) 861-6790
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Relationship: Operator of the Facility/Installation

On-Site Contact
Name: Patricia Nihart
Phone: (941) 861-6790
E-mail Address:

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