For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaley Miller, Public Relations Manager
Wastewater Release Report
Manholes Overflow Due to Heavy Rains
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (June 16, 2017) – Charlotte County Utilities responded to two wastewater overflows from manholes in Deep Creek and Port Charlotte last night because the infrastructure was saturated by recent heavy rainstorms.
The mixture of wastewater and rainwater which overflowed at 257 Hallcrest Terrace in Port Charlotte was approximately 30,000 gallons, some of which flowed into Lake Niagra nearby. The mixture of wastewater and rainwater which overflowed at 26027 Deep Creek Blvd. in Punta Gorda was approximately 15,000 gallons.
The Utilities Department quickly dispatched staff and tanker trucks to stop the overflows and pump excess wastewater to Charlotte County’s Eastport Facility for treatment and reuse. Today the affected areas were sanitized with hydrated lime.
In keeping with State law, staff reported it to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the State Watch Office. In order to protect public health, safety and welfare in surrounding areas, water sample collections began this morning at the sites. Lab samples will be analyzed and reported to the FDEP and made available to the public.