The City of Panama City’s Utilities Team is currently working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Marshall Brothers Construction and Mott MacDonald Engineering to repair a mechanical failure at the Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The failure occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning and led to the discharge of about 160,000 gallons of raw sewage into Watson Bayou.
The Utilities Team quickly implemented a temporary solution to redirect the sewage flow into the treatment tanks while Marshall Brothers Construction assisted in deploying containment boom in the bayou.
Function to the treatment plant has been restored with manual systems in place to continue safe operation of the plant. Additionally, the City and its engineers, contractors and vendors are proceeding with repairs to the mechanical systems.
The City’s Laboratory Team will conduct daily testing of Watson Bayou and provide results to DEP and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County. A Swimming Advisory is in place for Watson Bayou.