Two holes in a 30-inch main are being blamed for a break in the sewer line Tuesday morning in Palm Harbor.
Pinellas County Utilities crews believe the holes led to a build up of corrosive gases and that caused the break in the line at Alderman Road and Omaha Street.
Crews are currently inspecting the remainder of the pipe using a video camera to ensure no other area of the line is damaged before proceeding with repairs. The valve will also be inspected and repaired or replaced, if needed.
Pumper trucks are in the area to transport system flow to the nearby William E. Dunn Water Reclamation Facility.
Residents are asked to continue to limit use of toilets, showers, laundry, dishwashing or other optional water use. This conservation of water use helps reduce the amount of flow requiring transport by pumper trucks from surrounding pump stations.
The utilities department also advises residents that there is a potential for raw sewage in standing water in affected neighborhoods. Untreated sewage has the potential to transmit disease. If there is any physical contact, residents are advised to follow good hygiene practices, including thorough hand washing.
Utilities updates will be posted on the Pinellas County website at www.pinellascounty.org and on the county’s social media as they become available.