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UPDATE: Wastewater Main Repairs Continue; Leak Contained

Post Date:11/17/2016 7:19 AM

Update: Nov. 17, 7:15 a.m.

The leak is contained, and all wastewater flows are going to the retention pond.

Engineers are working on a plan that will entail cutting out the damaged section of pipe and replacing it.

We do not have an estimated timeframe for when this will be completed.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Update: Nov. 16, 9:30 p.m.

Wastewater flow to the river stopped at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Crews have almost completed repairs but one of the repair clamps is not sealing properly. They are working to fix it.

The pipe is leaking somewhat but not at the volume that it was.

We are still estimating repairs will be completed by midnight tonight, but there could still be some unknown factors that could affect this timeline.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Update: Nov. 16, 4 p.m.

Crews are working to stabilize the hole around the ruptured wastewater main. Once the sides are stabilized, they will connect a pump and will begin to divert the wastewater into a nearby stormwater retention pond.

When the hole is clear, they will then be able to begin repairs to the wastewater main.

The wastewater that goes into the stormwater pond will be removed and taken to the treatment plant.

We are estimating repairs will be completed by midnight tonight, but there are a number of unknown factors that could affect this timeline.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Original Story: Nov. 16, 9:40 a.m.

Yesterday (Nov. 15) at 4:30 p.m. while a City of Melbourne contractor was drilling under the Eau Gallie River to install a new 20” Reclaimed Water Main, they accidentally hit a 16” wastewater force main in the same location, causing wastewater to spill from the rupture.

The contractor and City of Melbourne personnel worked through the night to contain the flow of wastewater and attempted to repair the wastewater main, but because it was located approximately 11 feet underground, a larger piece of equipment was needed than was available last night.

The required equipment was delivered this morning, and work is again underway to complete the repair.

Due to the location of the break along the bank on the south side of the Eau Gallie River, just east of the Apollo Blvd bridge, wastewater has been entering the Eau Gallie River intermittently since the damage occurred.

We do not currently have an estimate of the amount of wastewater that has spilled into the river.

City staff are in contact with Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Updates on the situation will be provided as more information becomes available.

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