• June 24, 2024

Hermine Overwhelmed Sewage Facilities Around Tampa Bay Forcing “Dump”

Tampa Bay has a certain air about it, and I do not mean the ambiance. Hurricane Hermine drenched the area with heavy rains, which caused the aged sewer system to overflow. St. Pete also was forced to spill a great deal of raw partially treated sewage into the waterways.

According to WTSP:

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the city of St. Petersburg spilled 20 million gallons of partially treated sewage Monday morning.  It happened at the St. Petersburg Albert Whitted plant.The DEP also says the Albert Whitted plant discharged 2,000 gallons of raw sewage on Aug. 31.  DEP also says the raw discharge on the 31st was a threat to human health and or the environment.  The city says between Aug.  31 and Sept. 5 that 14 inches of rain fell at the Albert Whitted plant and it couldn’t handle  the amount of stormwater along with the sewage it had to process.

As cities continue to grow, as communities develop, and city managers see more tax dollars, the last thing that seems to happen is updated infrastructure. Always seems to be last, always seems to be on the back burner. When are city  planners going to take into account the needs of burgoning areas before allowing to build. Now the bay is a toilet bowl and the stench is terrible. some one should be held accountable. What do you think?

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