FLOOD-FUELLED SEWAGE SPILLS A NEW NIGHTMARE IN IRMA-BATTERED PARTS OF FLORIDA

WE STILL HAVE A LEAKY SYSTEM, SAID JUSTIN BLOOM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUNCOAST WATERKEEPER, WHICH SUED ST. PETERSBURG AND GULFPORT LAST YEAR OVER REPEATED SEWAGE DISCHARGES.

BUT ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAID THEY WOULD KEEP UP PRESSURE FOR DRASTIC IMPROVEMENTS OF WASTEWATER TREATMENT ACROSS THE STATE.

"Floodwaters may contain not only bacteria from sanitary sewer overflows but other potential contaminants from agricultural or industrial waste," environmental protection department spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said.
The water had gone through most of the treatment process but hadn't been chlorinated, spokeswoman Jennifer Messemer-Skold said.
But environmental groups said they would keep up pressure for drastic improvements of wastewater treatment across the state.

As if no air conditioning and refrigeration in sweltering heat weren't bad enough, widespread power outages in hurricane-battered Florida are teaming with structural failures to cause another dangerous headache: sewage...

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