Major sewage spill in Florida, Alabama; people advised to stay out of the water in the bay of Perdido
Environmental regulators in Florida and Alabama are warning the public to avoid “all water activity” in Perdido Bay south of Bayou Marcus Creek after a large sewage spill.
The spill occurred on the Florida side of Perdido Bay, which stretches across the two states north of Orange Beach.
The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority in Florida has reported a rupture in the enclosure of the Bayou Marcus water harvesting facility, resulting in the discharge of untreated sewage into the bay, according to the Florida Department of Health. .
Florida officials said from 5:20 p.m. Friday work was underway to repair the rupture. The Florida Department of Health released a health notice saying that he “advises against any water-related activity due to the potential for high levels of bacteria in the water.”
They say the rupture occurred around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in a 30-inch-diameter pipe between the “headworks” (start of the factory process) and the biological treatment ponds. The wastewater at this stage of the process has undergone primary screening and pickling, but has not been treated otherwise.
The water department reports that it expects the hose to be replaced on Friday and preliminary estimates suggest “several million gallons of flow will have been lost.”
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management said no public sources of drinking water in Baldwin County will be affected by the spill, but water monitoring signs in the Perdido Bay area are being updated to reflect an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.
The general location of the processing facility where the rupture occurred is shown on the map below, approximately six miles across Lillian Bay, Alabama. The US 98 Bridge and most of the rest of Perdido Bay south of the facility are included in the advisory.