Sewage Spill into Hillsborough River Prompts River Board Review

October 2017 – On Monday, August 28th heavy rains overwhelmed the Tampa Sewage system causing 320,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into the Hillsborough River. This spill occurred at two different locations. The larger spill which occurred north of the Columbus Drive Bridge on North Perry Avenue caused 290,000 gallons of sewage to be released. This is the same location of another spill that took place last summer during Tropical Storm Colin. The second, smaller spill site was located at West Minnehaha Street and the Hillsborough River, near Lowry Park. Health and water quality protection agencies will complete additional water quality monitoring in the wake of the event, and will notify residents of any possible hazards. City of Tampa staff is reviewing the system to determine if procedures could have prevented the release. The River Board’s Technical Advisory Council invited representatives of the City and Environmental Agencies to their September meeting to discuss the event and the health and safety response.

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