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A quick response by City of Sarasota Utilities Department crews to a sewage leak this afternoon at a valve pit near Lift Station 7 along the Hudson Bayou significantly reduced the impact of the minimal spill. A faulty air release valve triggered the leak which crews repaired in less than two hours. It’s estimated that 12,000 gallons spilled into the Hudson Bayou. Another 18,000 gallons were captured via pumper trucks and transported to the wastewater treatment plant.
“This was an extraordinary response,” City Manager Tom Barwin said. “Every available crew member responded immediately to this incident and worked together to minimize the impact on the neighborhood and the environment. I’d like to thank the person who called and informed us. It’s believed the leak occurred for less than one hour before we were notified,” Mr. Barwin said.
The Utilities Department received a call at 11:59am notifying staff about the leak. It was repaired by 1:45pm.
Maintenance on air release valves at lift stations throughout the City was scheduled for next week prior to today’s incident.
Notices have been placed near Lift Station 7 and the Hudson Bayou advising the public about the spill.
For more information contact Gerald Boyce: 941-365-2200 ext. 6104.