UPDATED Fort Walton Beach Sewer Spill Notice – July 1, 2021
Update (July 8, 2021):
The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) has lifted a health advisory for the areas of the creek near Lakeview Road, Bass Lake and Don’s Bayou in Fort Walton Beach. Sampling of the waters in that area have resulted in bacterial levels below the advisory level.
For more information about the potential health effects of wastewater overflow, residents and visitors are encouraged to contact DOH-Okaloosa at (850) 833-9247 or visit www.HealthyOkaloosa.com.
At approximately 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021, the City of Fort Walton Beach Public Works & Utility Services Department was notified that the sanitary sewer force main located just behind the green of the fifth hole on the Pines Course at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club ruptured and was overflowing. City crews were dispatched and stopped the three contributing lift stations at 9:17 a.m., decreasing the flow.
City crews are still working to repair the force main and cease the sanitary sewer overflow. City staff estimated a flow of approximately 100 gallons per minute between 8-10 a.m. Since 10 a.m., the flow is estimated to be 30 gallons per minute. The flow was completely stopped at 11:30 a.m. City Staff estimates that 25% of the spill is soaking into the surrounding ground while the remaining 75% of the overflow is spilling into a creek just north of the above referenced address. This unnamed creek ultimately leads to Bass Lake which is located about one quarter mile downstream.
Once repairs are made, all lift stations will resume normal operation and the spill site will be cleaned. Plans for clean-up are to treat the affected area with hydrated lime. Going forward, City staff will take direction from the Department of Environmental Protection on surface water sampling as a result of this spill. Both the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health in Okaloosa County have been notified. Once the spill has ceased, the City will update the Public Notice of Pollution accordingly.