For Immediate Release
Wastewater Release Reports
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2017) – For the last several days Charlotte County Utilities has been responding around the clock to heavy rainfall passing through the region. Stormwater has infiltrated the sewer system in some areas, leading to manhole overflows and other issues in the wastewater conveyance system.
Utilities staff responded to a force main line break at 1515 Forrest Nelson Blvd. yesterday, Aug. 28. Staff repaired the line and recovered 5,000 gallons of an estimated 20,000-gallon mixture of sewage and stormwater. Since some of the overflow reached the Lionheart Waterway, staff directed water samples be taken and analyzed by a certified lab in accordance with state regulations.
Staff also responded to an overflow incident on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 21150 Gertrude Ave. which totaled approximately 10,000 gallons when mixed with stormwater, of which 2,000 gallons were recovered. Water samples in the Sunshine Lake area are being taken and analyzed in accordance with state regulations.
Utilities staff worked throughout the community to prevent overflows by pumping excess liquids to reduce the stormwater’s impact on the sewer system. However, manhole overflows occurred Aug. 26 through Aug. 29 at the following locations: 22123 Hernando Ave., 1590 Navigator Rd., 21150 Gertrude Ave., 22123 Hernando Ave., 22460 Olean Blvd. and 26074 Rampart Blvd.
In keeping with state law, staff reported these incidents to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the State Watch Office. Utilities staff continues to respond and prepare for additional rain. Citizens are encouraged to report sewer-related emergencies to 941-764-4300. For more information, contact Bruce Schellinger, Wastewater Collection Superintendent, at 941-764-4563.