Pipe break causes 2,800-gallon sewage spill in Titusville

Nearly 3,000 gallons of sewage was spilled on Thursday after a contractor boring a hole broke an underground wastewater line, according to a notice by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The break was reported just before 11:30 a.m. at a dig site near the southeast corner of the intersection of Park Avenue and Knox McRae Drive. The spill was halted about 12:45 p.m., after City of Titusville staff shut off the line at a nearby lift station, the notice said.

About 2,800 gallons of sewage was contained on site and removed, and the area was disinfected, the notice said. City staff replaced a 4-foot section of the broken pipe. The spill did not impact any nearby bodies of water, according to the notice.null

The city was hit with $200,000 in state penalties after a pipe break at Sand Point Park last December leaked 7.2 million gallons of raw sewage into ponds that fed into the Indian River Lagoon.

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An abandoned but still active sewage main ruptured in 2018 behind a lift station on Indian River Avenue, spilling an estimated 870,000 gallons into the lagoon.

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