LAKELAND, FL (October 21, 2016) - A grease blockage caused a manhole to fill up and weep approximately 350 gallons of raw wastewater around the cover at 95 Lake Hunter Drive. The incident was discovered at 12:58 p.m. and reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The potentially affected area does drain toward a storm drain that leads to Lake Hunter and the City of Lakeland is testing the water at Lake Hunter. The grease blockage was cleared at approximately 1:35 p.m.
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: 12:58 PM, 21 October, 2016
Location of the incident or discovery: 95 Lake Hunter Drive
Suspected source and cause of incident or discovery: Grease blockage that cause manhole to fill up and weep around the cover.
Type of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): Raw Wastewater
Amount of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): 350 Gallons
Medium (e.g. land, water, air) affected by pollution: Water
Potentially affected areas beyond installation property boundary: Grassy area around manhole flowing towardsStorm Drain leading to Lake Hunter
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: Catherine Lemonius – FDEP and Laurie Smith – COL Lakes and Stormwater via this e-mail
Any other information that may be helpful: Event terminated at 1:35 PM. City crews vactored out the manhole and cleared blockage. Area around site was washed down and the wash water vactored up as well. No property damage reported.