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870,000 gallons of sewage seeps into the Indian River Lagoon

Posted: 11:59 AM, Jul 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-31 16:05:43Z

The city of Titusville says it has stopped a massive sewage leak into the Indian River Lagoon. The city estimates 870,000 gallons of sewage flowed into the waterway Monday. 

It originated behind a lift station after an old main ruptured.

“Repairing and replacing infrastructure is one of the biggest expenses for a utility. Florida’s coastal soils are very hard on pipes, concrete, and other parts of the infrastructure, so it’s a never-ending process to keep things repaired," said Titusville Water Resources Director Sean Stauffer in a statement.

He said the city was not required to announce the leak but did so to keep the community informed. “We want our residents to know when any incident occurs that could affect the lagoon," Stauffer said.

He said the city does not use the Indian River Lagoon as a source for drinking water. 

The city said the leak was stopped three hours after it was discovered and reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.