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Environmental Incident Reporting

JEA makes it a practice to keep the public informed of incidents that occur that may have impacted the environment. JEA will repair pipes or equipment, and clean up the area accordingly and report the event to the proper agencies. This page will contain all events that are reported to federal, state, or local agencies, as well as sanitary sewer overflow events that do not meet reportable pollution release requirements.

Information Regarding Reported Pollution Incidents

On July 1, 2017, Section 403.077, Florida Statutes, regarding public notification of pollution incidents went into effect. The Statute requires an operator of an installation at which a reportable pollution release occurred to provide a report to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) within 24 hours after its discovery. FDEP will make available on its website all notices received.

Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) for This Month - Last update 10:59 a.m., October 17, 2017

A Sanitary Sewer Overflow occurs when sewage (or wastewater) overflows from the sewer collection system. This means that sewage has come out of a broken pipe, manhole or pump station, rather than staying within the collection pipes and being sent to the wastewater treatment plants. 

About Sanitary Sewer Overflows

SSO Events reported to the Florida Division of Emergency Management State Watch Office (SWO)

All releases that impact waters of the State, exceed 1,000 gallons in volume, or may cause a potential threat to public health or the environment will be called in to SWO within 24 hours.

819 Pecan Park Rd.
October 16, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.
Estimated Gallons Released: TBD
Preliminary Cause: Contractor Error
Impact to Waterway: None
Action Taken: Replaced pipe, recovered sewer from impacted area.

316 Ivy Lakes Dr.
October 6, 2017 at 10:06 p.m.
Estimated Gallons Released: 50,000
Preliminary Cause: Equipment Failure
Impact to Waterway: Pond
Action Taken:  Replaced pipe, washed down area, applied lime to the impacted area.  The water from the pond was pumped for two days.  Sampling conducted 10/8, 10/9, and 10/10.  Pond has returned to background conditions.

Dellwood Ave. and Margaret St.
October 6, 2017 at 9:58 a.m.
Estimated Gallons Released: 25
Impact to Waterway: St. Johns River
Action Taken: Washed down area and recovered water.

5301 West 5th St.
October 4, 2017 at 3:00 a.m.
Estimated Gallons Released:  2,800
Preliminary Cause: Equipment Failure
Impact to Waterway: None
Action Taken: Recovered from ditch. Applied hydrated lime to the impacted area.

SSO Events Reported to Local Agencies (Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Northeast District, COJ-Environmental Quality Division)   

All releases between 50-999 gallons are reported to local agencies. 

October 4, 2017 - 1555 Millcoe Rd. - 250 gallons
October 2, 2017 - 11405 Martin Lakes Dr. - 100 gallons

Minor SSO Events

JEA reviews all SSO events to determine cause and apply corrective action.  Minor events are those of less than 50 gallons that do not cause a potential threat to public health or the environment. Minor events do not require external reporting however, they will also be listed to provide transparency of all releases.

October 16, 2017 - 7900 Baymeadows Circle E - 25 gallons
October 15, 2017 - 12375 Vista Point Circle - 10 gallons
October 13, 2017 - 8545 Crooked Tree Drive - 30 gallons
October 13, 2017 - 1912 Walnut Street - 5 gallons

Other Events Reported To The State Watch Office  

6850 Energy Center Dr. - Due to equipment failure, 12% Sodium Hypochlorite was released into storm water drain that discharges to on-site retention pond - 8500 gallons.
4377 Hecksher Dr. - 
During high tide, the cooling water discharge basin overflowed to San Carlos Creek - approximately 9000 gallons.

Events in Calendar Year 2017

Archived Environmental Pollution Incidents (PDF)