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1,300 gallons of raw sewage discharged into St. Petersburg waters

The city says the discharge was a result of a mechanical failure.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — More than 1,000 gallons of raw sewage was discharged into the Smacks Bayou in St. Petersburg, the city says.

According to Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, a force main at one of the city's wastewater collections systems, located near 31st Avenue and Maple Street, failed, causing the discharge.

In total, 1,300 gallons of wastewater made its way into the bayou. 

The DEP says exposed surfaces were cleaned and disinfected. Warning signs are also in place while crews collect samples. 

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