Community gets rare look into St. Pete wastewater facilities

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- This week, St. Pete Mayor, Rick Kriseman, finally opened up about controversial sewage dumping into Tampa Bay.

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Now, he's opening up to the community allowing a rare look into wastewater treatment.

On Saturday, the public got a chance to see the machines that take on the sewer water from your homes and rain.

They showcased the process from dirty water, to clean and chlorinated water. Once treated, the water from the Northeast Water Reclamation facility is used for wells for lawn irrigation. 

The mayor greeted the different groups and answered tough questions they had for him.

One tourist asked, "What is our plan to prevent this from happening until the five-year plan is instituted?"

"What our hope is, is that we are able to address the capacity piece of it within the next two years. Ideally, I loved to say we could get it done before the next rainy season, but I'm not gonna sit and promise something I can't deliver," Mayor Rick Kriseman said. 

Short term, the Mayor said they're looking at ways to address the systems from overflowing, which leads to the sewage dumping.

 

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