SARASOTA (WWSB) - Four days after untreated sewage entered Sarasota Bay, the Florida Department of Health has lifted a health advisory.
On Friday, December 22 a 48-inch diameter pipe burst at a city utility campus on 12th Street. It happened around 9am during the rainstorm and released around 900,000 gallons of untreated sewage and wastewater on site. It took crews about an hour to stop the discharges.
The city says some of the untreated sewage went into the stormwater system, which drains into Sarasota Bay at outfalls at 10th Street and 12 Street.
On Saturday, December 22 the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County issued a health advisory to residents and visitors near Sarasota Bay after testing indicated the water was contaminated in the area of Centennial Park.
The health department urged anyone who came into contact with water from Sarasota Bay to wash thoroughly, especially before eating or drinking. Children and older adults, as well as people with weakened immune systems, are particularly vulnerable to disease and the health department advised taking every precaution if in contact with Sarasota Bay near Centennial Park.
Water contaminated with wastewater overflow presents several health risks to humans. Untreated human sewage with microbes could cause gastrointestinal issues and other conditions.
On Wednesday, December 26 the health advisory was lifted. The health department says testing indicates surface water meets standards for the public.
There are currently no advisories on any Sarasota beach or waterway.