County to conduct 20 water tests near Pasco sinkhole, results ready Tuesday

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) — Pasco County officials on Monday will test water for contaminates near a massive sinkhole that opened up in Land O’ Lakes on Friday morning.

The sinkhole swallowed two homes, a boat, part of a road and a driveway. County officials have treated the hole as a hazmat situation with concerns over septic problems and debris leaking into the lake.

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Over the weekend, the assistant county administrator said the sink was clogged which for the time being meant that no water was leaking out.

The water testing is being done as a precaution. County officials do not believe any water has been contaminated.

Twenty random samples will be taken throughout the neighborhood affected by the sinkhole. The results should be ready around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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Other residents who want to have their water tested may do so through the Pasco County Environmental Lab for a $7 fee.

For information on pricing and who to contact, click here.

Residents concerned about the quality of their well water should click here for more information. 

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Recovery and cleanup efforts are expected to begin on either Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

Officials said Monday that the two families who rented the homes that were destroyed by the sinkhole did not have renter’s insurance.

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