St. Petersburg officials are dealing with another sewage spill, this one coming just a day after Mayor Rick Kriseman touted improvements at the Southwest sewage plant near Eckerd College.
The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that the same plant experienced a sewage spill Wednesday night after heavy rains increased flow to the plant. About 50,000 gallons spilled, and the Tampa Bay Times reported the spill happened because part of the plant’s treatment capacity was out of service because of the construction going on at the plant.
The spill happened around 8:40 p.m., and was reported to the state, according to a notification form provided by the city to the Tampa Bay Times.
A spokesman for the Public Works Administration told the paper the sewage had been treated until the final disinfectant stage. The spill, according to the spokesman, appeared to be contained to a retention pond on the property.
The plant’s upgrades are expected to more than double its capacity. At a press conference earlier this week, Kriseman, who is running for re-election, said would be able to withstand all but the worst summer rains.
The issue of sewage discharges has been a hot topic in the race between Kriseman and Rick Baker, the city’s former mayor who is hoping to get win back his old seat.
The city is poised to sign a consent order with the state for about 200 million gallons of sewage discharges since August 2015.