Sewage spills into Indian River Lagoon in Brevard County

Indian River Lagoon
Indian River Lagoon

PALM BAY, Florida – Titusville Water Resources officials say that approximately 870,000 gallons of raw sewage has leaked into the Indian River Lagoon.

The Brevard County leak was from a pipe that was replaced almost 40 years ago.

The leak, which was behind one of its lift stations on Indian River Avenue in Titusville, was stopped by field crews.

“In just under three hours after discovering the leak, the flow was stopped. It was determined that an old force main, which was abandoned and replaced almost forty years ago, had not been properly abandoned,” a spokesperson for the City of Titusville told Palm Bay Daily.

The spokesperson added that a portion of the old main remained active and had ruptured, causing sewage to flow into the lagoon.

Titusville’s crews were able to shut down and properly abandon the damaged line. The discharge has been reported as required to the Florida State Department of Environmental Protection.

According to Sean Stauffer, Titusville Water Resources Director, although regulations did not require the city to issue a news release regarding the leak, Titusville did so because it wants to keep its citizens informed.

“The lagoon is a big focus for everyone in Brevard County,” explained Stauffer in a press release. “We want our residents to know when any incident occurs that could affect the lagoon.”

Stauffer noted that the leak occurred in one of the oldest sections of the utility’s system.

“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.”

Titusville does not use the Indian River Lagoon as a source for drinking water.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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