City of St. Petersburg Discharging Partially Treated Wastewater into Tampa Bay
By TB REPORTER
The discharge is from the Albert Whitted plant.
ST. PETERSBURG — The City of St. Petersburg began discharging partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay Tuesday (June 7) from the Albert Whitted wastewater facility, which is currently being used for storage capacity. The accompanying photo shows the plant, which is near the Albert Whitted Airport.
Due to Tropical Storm Colin and the inundation of the system from processing wastewater for St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, and Treasure Island, the city has been authorized to discharge partially treated wastewater at the Albert Whitted Plant under General Condition 22 of the city’s Wastewater Treatment permit. This permit allows bypassing wastewater plants when unusual emergency circumstances are experienced. This bypass will allow partially treated wastewater to be discharged directly into Tampa Bay at a level of treatment similar to what was normal in the 1970s (called Primary Treatment).
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified of a discharge.
The discharge began at 4 p.m. The City of St. Petersburg will sample the discharge water to document the quality of that water.
The discharge outfall is located approximately one-quarter of a mile into Tampa Bay, east of Albert Whitted Airport.
The city asks that people avoid contact with the water in that area of Tampa Bay.
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