The Marshall Street Wastewater treatment plant influent pump station has experienced mechanical failures and has shut down, according to city officials.
The City of Clearwater says the plant that treats wastewater is rated for 10 million gallons per day. Right now, it is receiving approximately 30 million gallons of wastewater per day due to the heavy rains. The system is now backing up and the wastewater is overflowing through the manholes at locations served by this treatment plant.
Clearwater Public Utilities is working on obtaining rental pumps to bypass the pumps that are not working. Crews are going into the streets surrounding the plant and barricading off areas where the manhole covers may be off and wastewater is in the streets.
Marshall Street and Harbor Drive around the sewage plant have been blocked off due to the issue.