BRADENTON (WWSB) - Around 80,000 gallons of wastewater entered Wares Creek in Bradenton after a force main broke late Monday night.
The 18-inch force main broke at the lift station on 8th Avenue W around midnight and crews were able to stop the spillage of wastewater into Wares Creek around 1am on Tuesday.
Septage trucks pumped out the lift stations to allow crews in to prepare to excavate the site, assess the damage and repair the pipe.
“There was a blockage in our force main caused by things like rags, things that get flushed down toilets and come through like washing machines," said Nate Bailey, Supervisor for the Bradenton Lift Stations Department. "It basically created a big ball and blocked the line and that caused our station to pressurize that line and then burst.”
Due to the emergency repair, 8th Avenue W is closed from Wares Creek Bridge to 15th Street W and 17th Street Ct W is closed from 8th Avenue W to Ballard Park Drive. The roads are expected to remain closed through Friday, January 11.
Because around 80,000 gallons of wastewater entered the storm sewer system and drained into Wares Creek, the state Health Department will begin a sampling program of the water to determine the potential danger to the public.
“There shouldn’t be a concern, you don’t have be concerned about your drinking water or anything like that" said Bailey. "It’ll be remedied as fast as we possibly can.”