[Update of the 10-4-2016 Notice]
The City of Lakeland’s Wastewater Utility reports an air relief valve on the pipeline connecting Glendale Wastewater Plant to the Wetlands Treatment System has failed. The location of the leak was in the vicinity of 6150 Lakeland Highlands Road.
It is important to note this pipeline does not carry raw wastewater. The flow is treated and disinfected water being moved from Glendale Wastewater Plant to the Wetlands Treatment System for final removal of nitrogen and phosphorous before reuse or discharge.
The rate of flow was estimated at 10 to 15 gallons per minute for a duration of 1.5 to 2 hours. The quantity could range from 900 to 1800 gallons. The most likely estimate of 1,125 gallons was reported to DEP and the State Warning Point on Tuesday. The failed valve is now isolated and will be replaced shortly. The pipeline remains in service.
From the point of release, the water flowed into a County-owned storm drain and was conveyed to a retention pond in the vicinity of 2300 E. County Road 540A.
The waters released were treated to more than secondary standards and disinfected prior to entering the pipeline. Waters of this quality have been routinely discharged under permit across Florida. This, coupled with the small volume involved, makes this event of no risk to the general public and of minuscule environmental impact.
Any owner or operator of any installation who has knowledge of any pollution at such installation shall provide notice of the pollution as follows:
(1) Within 24 hours of the occurrence of any incident at an installation resulting in pollution, or the discovery of pollution, the owner or operator shall notify the Department and the following persons, in writing, of such pollution:
(a) The mayor, the chair of the county commission, or the comparable senior elected official representing the affected area.
(b) The city manager, the county administrator, or the comparable senior official representing the affected area.
(c) The general public by providing notice to local broadcast television affiliates and a newspaper of general circulation in the area of the contamination.
(2) Within 48 hours of the occurrence of any incident at an installation resulting in pollution, or the discovery of pollution, the owner or operator shall notify the Department and persons identified in (1)(a) through (1)(c), in writing, of any potentially affected areas beyond the property boundaries of the installation, and the potential risk to the public health, safety, or welfare.
(3) Within 24 hours of becoming aware of pollution from an installation that has affected areas beyond the property boundaries of the installation, the owner or operator shall notify, in writing, the property owner of any affected area, the Department, and the persons identified in (1)(a) through (1)(b).
(4) Such notification to the Department shall be accomplished by submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(5) Failure to provide this notification shall be considered a violation and subject to penalties for purposes of Section 403.161, Florida Statutes.
Per new state guidelines any owner or operator of any installation that has knowledge of any pollution shall provide notice of the pollution and contact the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The new rule (62ER16-01) took effect this past week and is detailed below.
Based on the rule, the City of Lakeland Wastewater Utility is reporting that an air relief valve on the pipeline connecting Glendale Wastewater Plant to the wetlands final treatment facility has failed. A yet to be determined amount of treated and disinfected wastewater was released to storm sewers on Lakeland Highland Road. The City was first made aware of the situation at approximately 09:45 am. City crews were able to close an isolation valve on the ARV assembly once we were able to take the pressure off of the line. The release of treated effluent was at a rate of approximately 10 to 15 gallons per minute for about one hour. At 10:50 am the DEP was notified of the issue as required by permit.