The City of Lakeland’s Waste Water Department is reporting at approximately 8,000 gallons of raw wastewater was exposed in a retention ditch and possibly downstream including Anglers Lake when a ditch bank collapsed exposing a long length of force main. The unsupported pipe separated causing waste water to spill. The spill happened at 10:30 am on Sunday, October 9th behind 1610 Reynolds Road (lot 337) in the Skyview area. The pipe was repaired at 2 p.m. and a long-term fix is being implemented.
See report below sent to DEP.
Name of Reporting Party: Robert Conner
Installation Name: City of Lakeland – Water Utilities – Wastewater
Installation Address: 1825 Glendale Street
Installation Location: Lakeland FL
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: A pipe section pulled apart and was leaking from 10:30 AM on October 9th and was stopped and repaired at 2:00 PM that afternoon.
Location of the Incident or Discovery: Behind 1610 Reynolds Rd (Lot 337), Lakeland FL (Skyview)
Suspected Source and Cause of Incident or Discovery: The ditch bank collapse exposed a long length of force main. Once unsupported by soil, a joint between two pieces of pipe separated.
Type of Pollution, Including Substance or Contaminant Name(s): Raw wastewater
Amount of Pollution, Including Substance or Contaminant Name(s): 8000 gallons
Medium (e.g. land, water, air) affected by pollution: Water
Potentially affected areas beyond installation property boundary: Ditch & downstream waters including Anglers’ Lake
Potential Risk to the Public Health, Safety, or Welfare: People should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. Polk County Environmental Services is doing the testing.
Identification of Other Parties Notified of Incident and Time Notification Occurred: State Warning Point called at 3:48 PM. Incident number 2016-7799
Any Other Information That May Be Helpful: Long-term repairs are being worked out.
CITY OF LAKELAND CONTACT:
Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | firstname.lastname@example.org | 863/834-6264