ECUA Cleans Up 84,000 Gallon Sewage Spill In Cantonment

October 4, 2017

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has cleaned and disinfected an area in Cantonment after an 84,000 gallon sewage spill.

The spill happened Monday after a cable contractor bore through a sewer force main at Highway 297A and Promenade Drive. Of the 84,000 gallons estimated to be spilled, 34,220 gallons were recovered and transported to an ECUA water reclamation facility for proper disposal and treatment.   An additional 29,500 gallons were diverted from the spill site to four ECUA Lift Stations.  Bacteriological sampling has been initiated.

ECUA crews repaired the main and ensured that the overflow area was cleaned and disinfected with a biocide agent that abated any contamination concerns, per state protocol, the utility said.  In accordance with standard operating procedure, the ECUA notified the State Warning Point, the Escambia County Health Department and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The utility said it issued a public notice on the spill “through an abundance of caution”.

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