Palm Harbor residents asked to limit use of showers, toilets after sewer main break

Crews responded to a sewer force main break at Alderman Road and Omaha Street in Palm Harbor.
Crews responded to a sewer force main break at Alderman Road and Omaha Street in Palm Harbor.

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (WFLA) – Residents in Palm Harbor are being asked to limit the optional use of toilets and showers because of a sewer main break in the area.

On Wednesday morning Pinellas County utilities crews responded to a 30-inch sewer force main break at Alderman Road and Omaha Street in Palm Harbor.

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A county spokesperson said the break is leaking at 1,000 gallons per minute. The break started around 7:45 a.m. As of 11:53 a.m., an estimated 200,000 gallons had come out of the broken main.

The flow had stopped as of 6:45 p.m. However, people are still being asked to reduce water usage.

The break is affecting multiple pump stations in the vicinity south of Bee Pond Road, west of US 19, and north of Curlew Road. Residents in this area are advised to limit use of toilets, showers, laundry, dishwashing or other optional water use. Pinellas County crews are using pumper trucks to manage the flow so a repair can be made.

Officials advise residents that there may be raw sewage present in standing water in affected neighborhoods and adjacent water bodies in their immediate area. Untreated sewage has the potential to transmit disease. If there is any physical contact, residents are advised to follow good hygiene practices, including thorough handwashing.

Utilities updates will be posted here.

Residents talked about the smell Tuesday. “Oh yea! How can you not smell it? I mean the wind was blowing, and it came in my front door real strong. And so I went down to the marina to get away from the odor and have lunch,” Chuck Whitener said.

Marissa Klinzing agreed. “It’s disgusting. It smells like rotten eggs, all in the house,” Klinzing said.

Crews responded to a sewer force main break at Alderman Road and Omaha Street in Palm Harbor.
Crews responded to a sewer force main break at Alderman Road and Omaha Street in Palm Harbor.

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