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Half a million gallons of raw sewage spilled from a Clearwater treatment plant

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City of Clearwater Marshall Street Wastewater Treatment Plant

It is not known yet how much of the untreated sewage made its way into Stevenson Creek, which flows into Clearwater Harbor.

More than a half million gallons of raw sewage spilled during two separate incidents Tuesday night at a wastewater treatment plant in Clearwater.

As many as 100,000 gallons were released during a second spill. An unknown amount went into Stevenson Creek, which flows into Clearwater Harbor.

State environmental officials reported the spills took place after two power failures took place at a pumping station leading into the Marshall Street wastewater plant. The first spill was about 400,000 gallons. Clearwater spokeswoman Heather Parsons said that part of the spill was either recovered with a vacuum truck or seeped into the ground.

Only about 5,000 gallons of the sewage was recovered. Parsons said the city is monitoring Stevenson Creek to see if there is any impact.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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