Public Works Customer Service 727-547-4575 ext. 250
If you suspect a wastewater leak, please contact the non-emergency Police line at 727-547-4595.
The City maintains a wastewater collection system comprised of gravity lines, force mains, lift stations, pump stations and air release valves. The City's wastewater transmission lines are aging and are susceptible to breaks. In addition to relining pipes, the City is also concerned with other means of limiting inflow and infiltration (I&I). Inflow occurs when groundwater seeps into breaks or separations in the pipe and infiltration is when stormwater enters the wastewater system through uncapped cleanouts or illegal stormwater connections. I&I not only drives up our wastewater treatment cost because we're needlessly treating stormwater or groundwater, but it also leads to sanitary sewer overflows or SSOs during heavy rain events. SSOs release untreated or partially treated wastewater and can cause human health issues or ecological damage. SSOs occur when the wastewater system has more volume than it can handle.
Do your part!
Although you cannot see much of the City's wastewater infrastructure, it runs underground all throughout the City. One thing you can do is to ensure that you don't have any illegal connections to the wastewater system. For instance, you cannot have your roof or parking lot drain put stormwater (rainfall) into the wastewater system. Also, if you have plumbing issues, be sure to check the integrity of your lateral wastewater line (the pipe that runs from your property to connect to the City). It should be re-lined or replaced when necessary. You should also occassionally check your wastewater cleanout to make sure it is capped to prevent rainwater from entering the system.
Fats, Oils & Grease
Oil and grease should never go down the drain. To properly dispose of grease, put it in a tightly closed container and then place it in the trash.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department.