Pipe Burst at Meginnis Arm Pump Station Spills 183,000 Gallons of Wastewater

Pipe Burst at Meginnis Arm Pump Station Spills 183,000 Gallons of Wastewater

On Thursday January 5th, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a “Pollution Notice” related to a spill at Pump Station 43, located on Meginnis Arm Road in Leon County.

According to the notice, the spill occurred at 10:09 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4th.

The incident report stated:

The City responded to a force main break at Pump Station 43, at 2900 Meginnis Arm Road. A force main pressure drop alarm sounded at 10:09 am. The cause appears to be a pressure spike caused by automated generator operation exercises. Crews responded and shut down the pumps and began mitigation efforts. Crews modified a stormwater containment area to control the release and minimize the impacted area. About 183,000 gallons of untreated domestic wastewater were released. Approximately 124,000 gallons of mixed stormwater and wastewater have been recovered thus far, with pumping ongoing. After pumping is completed, the area will be cleaned, disinfected and deodorized. Water quality samples will be taken.

In February of last year, a leak originated at the Meginnis Arm pump station spilling 190,000 gallons of wastewater south of Lake Jackson.


10 Responses to "Pipe Burst at Meginnis Arm Pump Station Spills 183,000 Gallons of Wastewater"

  1. The Meginnis Arm section of Lake Jackson is the deepest portion of the lake that is not directly surrounding a sinkhole. It achieved this distinction years (decades) ago when another break/spill in the area contaminated the lake so badly that mitigation efforts including dredging much of the bottom. Over the years there have been numerous other issues with this portion of the lake due to spills so this one shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

    We should, perhaps, consider ourselves fortunate that the lake is in one of its “down” periods. The last time the lake drained, much of the bottom was scraped/reclaimed leaving berm-like effects in multiple places so that the entire lake didn’t go down the sinkhole. The one from approximately Crowder Landing to the Lakeshore Drive shoreline has been there for years and apparently taught this valuable lesson. This spill will be contained to one corner of the lake.

  2. The City of Tallahassee should devolve itself from providing services the private sector can provide better and cheaper.

  3. Mr Pub

    There have been significant sewage spills and it falls on the unqualified city manager and the special interest mayor. Further, it was suppressed by the Tallahassee Democrat and Tallahassee Reports. Also, the Leon County Republican Executive Club Chairman, Evan Power.

    The Ghazvini family were fined significantly by EPA and the NW Florida Management who would rather not spend money on engineers and making their developments safe by funneling their funds into the mayor’s, Dianne Williams-Cox’s, Curtis Richardson’s, and Commissioner Christian Caban’s campaign accounts.

    The local medias are also suppressing important water quality articles by Terry Ryan.

    The citizens and environment are the losers. It should be noted that City Commissioners Jack Porter and Jeremy Matlow have called for a nationwide search for a new city manager to replace the city manager hand picked by Scott Maddox, Andrew Gillum, and Curtis Richardson. It is accurate to say the inmates are running the asylum.

  4. This is what I was talking about in one of the Debates I was in, Do they do ANY kind of Preventative Maintenance at these Sewer Pump Stations?

  5. Seems we have seen numerous large sewage spills in recent years. Is the State of Florida concerned? What about EPA? This news is on top of news about a lake on the southside quoted to be the Toilet Bowl of Tallahassee. I understand had millions of gallons of sewage dumped daily into it? What’s going on? Are there any health concerns?

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