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City Releases 1.2 Million Gallons of Sewage into Manatee River


BRADENTON — On Wednesday, approximately 1.2 million gallons of mostly raw sewage was bypassed and discharged into the Manatee River.

"At 12:10 pm the city water Reclamation Facility experienced an operational failure," read the FDEP pollution notice. "The filter system had a blockage of the media causing 1.2 million gallons of partially treated wastewater to be bypassed into the Manatee River. The bypass was closed at 5:10 pm and the river sampling was started. City staff cleaned the aeras affected and a normal operation resumed."

In 2022, the city settled a lawsuit regarding wastewater spilling into the Manatee River, agreeing to improve its wastewater infrastructure significantly.

"When do we seek an injunction for the city to stop development they can't handle?" asked former Manatee County Commissioner and TBT publisher Joe McClash. "The fact that there are so many units under construction downtown and several times a year raw sewage is released gives rise to the fact that they can't handle what they already have. They could have an interconnect with the county to handle any problems in the future. Until then, there shouldn't be any certificates of occupancy issued."


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  • lib224

    **** happens, in Florida :(

    Thursday, February 29 Report this

  • pattybeenutty

    It is time to update all systems before you do anymore building.

    Doesn’t that make sense!

    Thursday, February 29 Report this

  • magstarwire

    What the H... is wrong with the people running this county?? Bought and paid for?

    Friday, March 1 Report this

  • Rlasunto

    The juxtaposition of the sewage release and McConnell stepping down is too ironic to pass up. Too bad KVO didn’t join the party.

    Friday, March 1 Report this

  • san.gander

    The Republican run Manatee city & county government is/has done a terrible job! The politicians all need to be replaced with individuals dedicated to doing a good job for the citizens not for special interests!

    Friday, March 1 Report this

  • WTF

    Same old sh.t, City infrastructure is old and not well maintained. When they rubber stamp large developments we have “traffic studies” how about “the flow of Sh.t” study They are just so full of it…. Again and again the BS and the HS

    Tuesday, March 5 Report this