Spills or planned releases occur in the following ways. The FL Department of Environmental Protection requires reporting of SPILLS over 1,000 gallons as of 1 July 2017. Those reports are available via FL DEP Website.
- Due to breaks in pipes prior to treatment (raw sewage)
- Due to influx and infiltration prior to treatment (raw sewage); influx may be rain events, usually greater than 5 inches in a 24 hour period.
- After secondary treatment, same reasons as 1 & 2.
- Prior to 1986 about 50 million gallons were DAILY released into Indian River Lagoon, stopped by law via 10 year plan, ceased by 1996.
- CURRRENTLY, FLORIDA IS AUTHORIZED TO RELEASE 500 MILLION GALLONS INTO ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND RELEASES 189 MILLION DAILY. (See the link, far below).
- After advanced treatment, into the ocean or into the ground, deep insertion. Or, the water is reused to water public spaces, public projects, golf courses.
Reference: Brevard County Utilities Services, Wastewater, “Florida Wastewater Treatment Overview.pdf”
After treatment, here’s how it gets in the Atlantic Ocean: