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Accidental Wastewater Spill

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/18/19

The water samples results continue to decrease significantly. The State and the County Department of Environmental Protection has both agreed it is no longer necessary to test the water east of the G57 Gate, however, in an abundance of caution, the City will continue testing all of the affected water until the State Department of Environmental Protection and the Broward County Environmental Protection Division declares the water back to normal.

There are now 88 aerators in operation. If you determine an aerator has stopped working due to lack of fuel or malfunction, please call the City’s water plant to report it so we can follow-up to make sure the aerator is repaired or replaced. The water plant phone number is 954-545-7006.

The City is still advising no one come in contact with or irrigate with canal water as the waterway and fish clean-up continues. Crews are still on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris.

The aerator location map, surface water sample site map as well as results from the Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations Division, Laboratory are below. The results are samples taken 48 hours ago on 1/16/19 in order for the laboratory to process the results. The target level is 800 cfu/100mL or below. The spill site location at NW 15 St. (#1) is not illustrated on the aerator map.

Map of aerator locations data to go with map of test sites

data to go with map of test sites

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/17/19

The most current map of the 76 aerators in operation to increase oxygen and minimize odor is below. For some background information on the use of aerators, water aeration is utilized in water bodies and wastewater treatment facilities to create ideal conditions for the growth of aerobic bacteria that break down organic waste. Aeration is achieved through the infusion of air into the bottom of the lake, lagoon, pond or in this case canal by millions of bubbles making contact with the water transferring oxygen to the water. The mixing action releases gasses such as carbon dioxide, methane or hydrogen sulfide. Dissolved oxygen is a major contributor to water quality. Not only do fish and most other aquatic animals need it, but aerobic bacteria help eat up organic matter and puts it in an inert state.

Until we have a series of consistent positive results and Broward County and the State Department of Environmental Protection declares the water back to normal, the City is advising no one come in contact with or irrigate with canal water. The waterway and fish clean-up continues. Crews are still on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris. The (cfu) results are continuing to decrease daily, however, due to additional flow, there will be fluctuations of the flow of the canal waterways and therefore the results may vary.

The surface water sample site map as well as results from the Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations Division, Laboratory is below. The results are samples taken 48 hours ago on 1/15/18 in order for the laboratory to process the results. The target level is 800 cfu/100mL or below. The spill site location at NW 15 St. (#1) is not illustrated on this map.

Map of aerator locations data to go with map of test sites

data to go with map of test sites

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/16/19

The most current map of the 67 aerators in operation to increase oxygen and minimize odor is below:

Map of aerator locations The surface water sample site map as well as results from the Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations Division, Laboratory is below. The results are samples taken 48 hours ago on 1/14/18 in order for the laboratory to process the results. The target level is 800 cfu/100mL or below. The spill site location at NW 15 St. (#1) is not illustrated on this map.

data to go with map of test sites

data to go with map of test sites

The City of Pompano Beach is holding a public meeting provide updated information on the accidental sewage spill and environmental clean-up efforts. The City, along with other involved government agencies, will be in attendance to update residents and answer questions. The meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center located at 520 MLK, Jr. Boulevard.

The waterway and fish clean-up continues. Vacuuming of the canals continues. Crews are still on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris.

The (cfu) results are decreasing daily which is a good indication, however, due to additional flow, there will be fluctuations of the flow of the canal waterways and therefore the results may vary.

Until we have a series of consistent positive results and Broward County and the State Department of Environmental Protection declares the water safe, the City is advising no one come in contact with or irrigate with canal water.

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/15/19

The most current map of the 67 aerators in operation to increase oxygen and minimize odor is below:

Map of aerator locations The surface water sample site map as well as results from the Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations Division, Laboratory is below. The results are samples taken 48 hours ago on 1/13/18 in order for the laboratory to process the results. The target level is 800 cfu/100mL or below. The spill site location at NW 15 St. (#1) is not illustrated on this map.

data to go with map of test sites

data to go with map of test sites

The City of Pompano Beach is holding a public meeting provide updated information on the accidental sewage spill and environmental clean-up efforts. The City, along with other involved government agencies, will be in attendance to update residents and answer questions. The meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center located at 520 MLK, Jr. Boulevard.

The waterway and fish clean-up continues. Vacuuming of the canals continues. Crews are on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris.

The (cfu) results are decreasing daily which is a good indication, however, due to additional flow, there will be fluctuations of the flow of the canal waterways and therefore the results may vary.

Until we have a series of consistent positive results and Broward County and the State Department of Environmental Protection declares the water safe, the City is advising no one come in contact with or irrigate with canal water.

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/14/19

The City of Pompano Beach is holding a public meeting provide updated information on the accidental sewage spill and environmental clean-up efforts. The City, along with other involved government agencies, will be in attendance to update residents and answer questions. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center located at 520 MLK, Jr. Boulevard.

The waterway and fish clean-up continues. Aerators are in operation to increase oxygen and minimize odor. 15 aerators were added today. Vacuuming of the canals continues. Crews are on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris.

The current map of the surface water sample sites as well as past results from the Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations Division, Laboratory is below. The results are samples taken 48 hours ago on 1/12/18 for the laboratory to process the results. Results from sites 8, 9 and 10 will be available tomorrow 1/15. The target level is 800 cfu/100mL or below.

The (cfu) results are decreasing daily which is a good indication, however, due to additional flow, there will be fluctuations of the flow of the canal waterways and therefore the results may vary.

Until we have a series of consistent positive results and Broward County and the State Department of Environmental Protection declares the water safe, the City is advising no one come in contact with or irrigate with canal water.

The spill site location at the NW 15 (#1) is not illustrated on this map.

Map of aerator locations

data to go with map of test sites

Press Release

Press Release Date: 1/14/19

Accidental Sewage Spill Community Meeting
E. Pat Larkins Community Center located at 520 MLK, Jr. Boulevard.
Wednesday, January 16th
7:00 p.m.

The City of Pompano Beach is holding a public meeting provide updated information on the accidental sewage spill and environmental clean-up efforts. The City, along with other involved government agencies, will be in attendance to update residents and answer questions. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center located at 520 MLK, Jr. Boulevard.

Restoration and clean-up efforts due to the FDOT construction accident at NW 15 Street continues. The original 42” force main pipe has been permanently repaired and is back in service. Restoration of the road is underway. The waterway and fish clean-up continued through the weekend and will continue every day. Numerous aerators are in operation in the canals to increase oxygen and minimize odor. Vacuuming of the canals continues. Crews are on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris.

There are several surface water sample sites where daily water samples are taken and sent to the Broward County laboratory to estimate the number of bacteria measured in colony-forming units (cfu) in the canals. Both Broward County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and the City of Pompano Beach are taking daily samples. The cfu results are decreasing daily which is a good indication, however, until we have a series of consistent positive results and Broward County and State DEP declares the water safe, the City is advising no one come in contact with or irrigate with canal water.

The City’s website, Facebook and Twitter have been updated daily with information and sample results. A Garden Isles community e-mail distribution list has been created providing daily updates emailed to residents who signed up at the Garden Isles Community meeting which was held on Thursday, January 10th.

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/13/19

A public meeting will be held by the City of Pompano Beach and other involved government agencies to provide updated information on the spill and environmental clean-up efforts. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center located at 520 MLK Jr. Boulevard. The waterway and fish clean-up continues. Aerators are in operation to increase oxygen and minimize odor. Vacuuming of the canals continues. Crews are on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris. Below is a map of aerator locations. More locations are being added daily.

Map of aerator locations

The current map of the surface water sample sites as well as past results from the Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations Division, Laboratory is below. The results are samples taken 48 hours ago on 1/11/18 due to the time it takes the laboratory to process the results. Results from sites 8, 9 and 10 will be available tomorrow 1/14. The target level is 800 cfu/100mL or below.

The (cfu) results are decreasing daily which is a good indication, however, due to additional flow, there will be fluctuations of the flow of the canal waterways and therefore the results may vary.

Until we have a series of consistent positive results and Broward County and the State Department of Environmental Protection declares the water safe, the City is advising no one come in contact with or irrigate with canal water.

The spill site location at the NW 15 (#1) is not illustrated on this map.

map of test sites

data to go with map of test sites

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/12/19

Restoration and clean-up efforts due to the construction accident at NW 15 Street continues. The original 42” force main pipe has been permanently repaired, is back in service and the bypass piping is being removed. Restoration of the road will begin on Monday.

The waterway and fish clean-up is continuing through the weekend. 46 aerators are in operation and 20 more are being placed today for a total of 66 to increase oxygen and minimize odor. Vacuuming of the canals continues. Crews are on the water in boats and on canal banks removing debris.

There are several surface water sample sites where water samples are being taken. A map of the sample sites is below. The first sample site is at the location of the break at NW 15 Street and not reflected on this neighborhood map or results listed below. Three more sample sites are being added to the Garden Isles area.

map of test sites

The latest fecal coliform sample results from the Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations Division, Laboratory are below. Note: The results below are samples taken 48 hours ago on 1/10/18 due to the time it takes the laboratory to process the results. Results from site 7 will be available tomorrow 1/13. The target level is 800 cfu/100mL or below.

data to go with map

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/11/19

The City has obtained a total of 46 aerators and are installing them in the affected waterways to aid in increasing the oxygen levels and reducing the odor. Residents may be asked to place a generator on their property to keep some of the aerator running. The generators will need to be run constantly. The proposed aerator locations are in the map below. The waterway and fish clean-up will continue through the weekend. There are numerous surface water sample sites where samples have been taken. We will be posting the results as soon as we get them.

map of aerators

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/10/19

The by-pass line for the sewage pipe that was ruptured in a construction accident was fully connected today stopping the spillage of sewage into the canal system. All of the parts needed to construct the by-pass line arrived from Texas yesterday. The concrete was poured and set overnight allowing the 360 foot bypass pipe to be assembled today. Repair of the main 42” force main is now underway.

Press Release

Press Release Date: 1/10/19

Accidental Sewage Spill Update

The by-pass line for the sewage pipe that was ruptured in a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) construction accident was fully connected today stopping the spillage of sewage into the canal system. All of the parts needed to construct the 360 foot by-pass line arrived from Texas yesterday. The concrete was poured and set overnight allowing the bypass pipe to be assembled today. Repair of the 42” force main is now underway.

The City has issued an advisory not swim, come in contact or irrigate with canal water.

The clean-up continues around the clock. Aerators have been placed in the canals creating oxygen to minimize the odor. Crews are removing dead fish from the canals. The City continues to work with environmental regulators from Broward County and the State of Florida to insure all environmental concerns are addressed.

The City’s drinking water was not affected in any way and remains safe to drink, cook and bathe.

The construction accident occurred on Friday, January 4th when a subcontractor working for the FDOT accidentally ruptured a 42” pressurized sewage pipe which spilled into the canal system from NW 15 Street east to the Intracoastal Waterway.

If residents have any questions they should call customer service at 954-786-4637.

Wastewater Spill Daily Update 1/9/19

All of the parts have arrived from Texas today and the pouring of concrete to construct a bypass pipe has been completed. After the concrete sets on Thursday morning, the bypass pipe will be assembled thus ending the spill. Five aerators have been placed in the canals creating oxygen to minimize the odor. Nine turbidity barriers have been placed under water near the site of the spill to catch floating debris. We are also vacuuming to remove floating debris from the C1 canal. A removal company has been hired and has started removing the dead fish from the canals. The City continues to meet regularly with environmental regulators from the Broward County and the State of Florida insure all environmental concerns are addressed.

Press Release

Press Release Date: 1/7/19

Accidental Wastewater Spill
900 Block NW 15 Street

A construction accident caused by a subcontractor working for Florida Department of Transportation has ruptured a 42” pressurized sewage pipe which has spilled into the canal system from NW 15 Street east to the Intracoastal Waterway.

The City of Pompano Beach is asking people not to swim, fish or irrigate from the canals. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Broward County Environmental Protection Department, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Broward County Health Department, South Florida Water Management District and the City of Pompano Beach are assisting FDOT day and night in an effort to contain and resolve the issue.

The City of Pompano Beach has issued a CodeRed Emergency Notification System Message for the possible affected areas.

The City drinking water is safe to drink, bathe and cook.

If residents have any questions they should call customer service at 954-786-4637.