About 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater could pour out of the leaking catch basin in a six-foot-high wave in Florida’s Manatee County. That’s what modeling calculations by Manatee County officials have shown.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to prevent this environmental disaster. Currently, emergency personnel are pumping water out of the basin and discharging it into the sea in a controlled manner. This is to prevent the leak from becoming a dam burst.
The leak was discovered Apr. 2 at the wastewater pond located at Piney Point, a former phosphate plant. Officials warned about the potential for the reservoir’s collapse to flood nearby areas, according to NPR.