Another sewage overflow. Another city’s infrastructure holding on by a thread. Last week, more than 300,000 gallons of wastewater reportedly overflowed from Panama City’s sewage system.
It was reported that wastewater overflow incidents were reported from various manholes, pipes and life stations. The city says they may soon have a plan to reduce these overflows. A new testing they are looking at to find and fix the worst trouble sports.
According to the National Weather Service, approximately 6 – to 8 inches of rain fell on the city causing streets to quickly flood and turn into rivers.
One report stated 92,400 gallons of wastewater overflowed from a manhole on Highway 98 because one of the 127 lift stations for the city’s sewage system couldn’t handle the extra water. Another report stated 9,240 gallons of wastewater overflowed from a manhole on 13th Street because of blockage in the line caused by rags and grit.
Panama City’s aging infrastructure has many problem. The pipes are made of old, outdated material that is cracking and letting stormwater into the system. Some residents consistently flush items down toilets that don’t break down causing pipes to clog.
There are some projects on deck to replace and help alleviate these overflows, including replacing water mains, water and sewer lines and reconstructing and replacing utilities.
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