Pump Control Failure Results In Overflow

According to officials a control system failure apparently led to a pump not operating and that led to the overflow of about 60,000 gallons of waste water out a manhole near the Northeast Creek late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Officials say the flow was discovered about 12:18 AM Sunday. The pump was quickly restored to an operating status and efforts began for clean-up of the site.

City of Jacksonville Water Quality staff members were out Sunday morning assessing the situation and taking water samples near the affected area. State Water Quality officials were notified before 2 AM after the incident was discovered and stabilized.

The City has begun an investigation into the circumstances of the control system failure. The pump is under manual control at this time. The City has crews that regularly check the pump stations even under automation and the crews will increase their patrol of the area.

A transition is underway to a more advanced system in connection to the City’s new water treatment plant and the control system for this pump station has not yet been converted.

Officials say crews quickly cleaned the area around the manhole where the overflow occurred and took steps to mitigate the effect.

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