St. Pete says its stormwater capacity can handle big storms

The City of St. Petersburg says it already has built enough wastewater treatment infrastructure that it could successfully withstand a rain event like one two summers ago that caused the city to dump millions of gallons of stormwater during Tropical Storm Colin. In addition, the city expects that by the end of next month it will add enough capacity to prevent a spill if hit by a storm the size of last summer’s Hermine, in which it dumped 151 million gallons. On Tuesday morning at the city’s Southwest Water Reclamation facility near Eckerd College, public works administrator Claude Tankersley said the additional capacity comes from new filters and a new injection well.

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Source: WMNF

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