Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

City Discharges 124,000 Gallons of Reclaimed Water into Bayou

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

City Discharges 124,000 Gallons of Reclaimed Water into Bayou

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WHITAKER BAYOU

SARASOTA -- During heavy rains on Monday, a 36-inch discharge pipe in the city of Sarasota malfunctioned, releasing 124,000 gallons of reclaimed water into Whitaker Bayou.

The water was fully treated, disinfected and dechlorinated, and poses no health risk, the city said.

It exited from a broken fitting into a catch basin on 18th Street and drained as runoff into the bayou.

The city says it is permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to discharge this water into Whitaker Bayou and has done so for years.

The affected area was later cleaned and repaired.

Such reclaimed water is sold or discharged into a deep injection well at the city's utility campus. But because of recent heavy rains, the injection well was at capacity, and the city "activated" its DEP permit to legally discharge into the bayou. …

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