Sarasota city, county work to prevent future sewage spills

Sarasota city, county work to prevent future sewage spills

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Your health and safety is a top priority for Sarasota city leaders.

City staff says a recent sewage spill in Sarasota on December 20 was unexpected, and they are taking all proactive measures to prevent another one from happening.

“It’s pretty unusual, especially in a concrete pipe internal to a wastewater treatment plant site,” said Bill Riepe, Sarasota Utilities Director, of the spill.

Riepe told ABC7 the utilities department inspects its piping often. Staff analyzes the systems on a regular basis, and if they find a leak, the pipes are replaced or repaired as soon as possible.

“We prioritize replacement of pipelines, manholes, various types of infrastructure based on that analysis,” explained Riepe.

The Sarasota County Utilities Department told ABC7 it created a wastewater pumped station improvement program after Hurricane Irma, which will fund new pumps and generators $15-million over the next 5 years.

It also budgets $8-million every year to line pipes and sewer structures, and use the money to improve lift stations.

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