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Environmental Incident Reporting

To keep the public informed, JEA will post pollution events that occur within its service territory that may have impacted the environment. JEA will repair pipes or equipment, and clean up the area accordingly and report the event to the proper agencies. This page will contain all events that are reported to federal, state, or local agencies, as well as sanitary sewer overflow events that do not meet reporting requirements.

Information Regarding Reported Pollution Incidents

On December 30, 2016, an Administrative Law Judge invalidated a proposed pollution notification rule (proposed Rule 62-4.161, Florida Administrative Code) promulgated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), which required owners of installations throughout the State of Florida to report pollution events to the local government as well as a local media outlets to notify the general public of the event. The following link provides an archived listing of notices submitted under Emergency Rule after it was adopted on September 26, 2016 (62ER16-1). 
Notices of an Incident or Discovery of Pollution Reported Under Emergency Rule

Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) for This Month

A Sanitary Sewer Overflow occurs when sewage (or wastewater) overflows from the sewer collection system. This means that sewage has come out of a broken pipe, manhole or pump station, rather than staying within the collection pipes and being sent to the wastewater treatment plants. 
Learn More About Sanitary Sewer Overflows

SSO Events reported to the Florida Division of Emergency Management State Watch Office (SWO)

All releases that impact waters of the State, exceed 1,000 gallons in volume, or may cause a potential threat to public health or the environment will be called in to SWO within 24 hours.

  • 5845 Fort Sumter Road
    Jacksonville. FL 32210

    Duval County
    April 5, 2017 @ 8:45 a.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 19,000 
    Action Taken: Recovered all wastewater.
    Preliminary Cause: Collapsed manhole.

  • 7696 Lenox Avenue
    Jacksonville, FL 32221

    Duval County
    Final update April 4, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.
    Wills Branch and Cedar River cleared for resumption of normal activities.
    Background: On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 JEA discovered a sanitary sewer overflow caused by the introduction of inappropriate materials into the system, causing a significant blockage in the system.  In all likelihood, JEA will be unable to identify where the inappropriate foreign debris materials entered the collection system. The initial estimate of the sewer overflow was several million gallons over approximately a week. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and media were notified and warning signs were posted at the site and along the downstream waterway. Flushing and pumping of Wills Branch were conducted and water sampling and testing of Wills Branch, Cedar River and Ortega River were conducted in coordination with FDEP - there was no impact to the Ortega River.  Wills Branch and Cedar River cleared for resumption of normal activities on April 4, 2017.
    It is imperative that the JEA Sanitary Collection System NOT be utilized for disposal of inappropriate foreign debris materials.
    View Lenox Avenue Sampling Map

  • 8649 AC Skinner Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32256
    Duval County
    February 5, 2017 @ 2:15 p.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 1,100,000 
    Action Taken: Sampling initiated, once sample results are clear, signage will be removed.
    Preliminary Cause: Construction Defect

SSO Events reported to Local Agencies (Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Northeast District, COJ-Environmental Quality Division) 

All releases between 50-999 gallons are reported to local agencies within 24 hours.

  • 13700 Sutton Park Drive North
    Jacksonville, FL 32224

    Duval County
    April 17, 2017 @ 6:44 p.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 200
    Preliminary cause: Hairline split in pipe
    Action Taken: Recovered sewer and wash water.

  • 2597 State Road 9 West
    Yulee, FL 32097
    Nassau County
    April 8, 2017 @ 11:30 a.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 600
    Preliminary Cause: Blockage
    Action Taken: Washed down and vacuumed impacted area. Hydrated lime applied.

  • 9765 San Jose Blvd
    Jacksonville, FL 32257
    Duval County
    March 31, 2017 @ 11:55pm.
    Estimated gallons released: 100 
    Action Taken: Wash down and vacuum up sewer from impacted area, applied disinfectant.
    Preliminary Cause: Grease blockage

Minor SSO Events

JEA reviews all SSO events to determine cause and apply corrective action.  Minor events are those of less than 50 gallons that do not cause a potential threat to public health or the environment.  Minor events do not require external reporting however, they will also be listed to provide transparency of all releases.

  • 782 Hickory Hill Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32221

    Duval County
    April 23, 2017 @ 9:18 a.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 10
    Action Taken: Washed down area.
    Preliminary Cause: Blockage

  • Southside Blvd and Southbrook Dr
    Jacksonville, FL 32256

    Duval County
    April 21, 2017 @ 9:18 p.m.
    Estimated gallons released: Less than 1
    Action Taken: Sewer soaked into ground. Line repaired.
    Preliminary Cause: Equipment Failure

  • Cassat Ave and Polaris St
    Jacksonville, FL 32205

    Duval County
    April 20, 2017 @ 3:09 p.m.
    Estimated gallons released: Less than 1
    Action Taken: Washed down area.
    Preliminary Cause: Blockage

  • 390 SR13 North
    Jacksonville, FL 32259

    Duval County
    April 13, 2017 @ 9:47 a.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 10
    Action Taken: Applied lime to impacted area.
    Preliminary Cause: Grease blockage
     
  • 327 Broward Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32204

    Duval County
    April 12, 2017 @ 8:45 a.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 20
    Action Taken: Washed down and vacuumed impacted area.
    Preliminary Cause: Grease blockage

  • 5302 Jammes Rd
    Jacksonville, FL 32210

    Duval County
    April 8, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 25
    Action Taken: Washed down and vacuumed impacted area.
    Preliminary Cause: Grease blockage

  • 731 South Shores Rd
    Jacksonville, FL 32207
    Duval County
    April 2, 2017 @ 12:10 am.
    Estimated gallons released: 5 
    Action Taken: Wash down and vacuum up sewer from impacted area, applied disinfectant.
    Preliminary Cause: Grease blockage

Other Events Reported This Month

  • 4503 Racetrack Road
    St Johns, FL 32259
    April 19, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m.
    Estimated release amount: 310 gallons sodium hypochlorite (bleach).
    Action Taken: Pumped out and taken to a chemical disposal facility.
    Preliminary Cause: Leak on fitting.

  • 4850 Big Island Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32246

    April 18, 2017 @ 7:32 a.m.
    Estimated release amount: 90 gallons of non-PCB mineral oil
    Action Taken: Impacted material removed and replaced.
    Preliminary Cause: Vehicle (3rd party) struck transformer.

  • 11767 Beach Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32246

    Duval County
    April 14, 2017
    Estimated release amount: 100 gallons of non-PCB mineral oil
    Action Taken: Impacted material removed and replaced.
    Preliminary Cause: Vehicle (3rd party) struck transformer.

  • 4377 Heckscher Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32226

    Duval County
    April 7, 2017
    Estimated release amount: 5 gallons of mineral oil
    Action Taken: Absorbent applied to impacted area and then removed.
    Preliminary Cause: Equipment failure

  • 5494 River Road
    Hilliard, FL 32046

    Nassau County
    April 6, 2017
    Estimated release volume: 12 m3 fly ash & 20 gallons hydraulic fluid
    Action Taken: Fly ash was swept up and absorbent clay applied to hydraulic fluid.
    Preliminary Cause: Overturned vehicle (contractor)

Cumulative Events in Calendar Year 2017

View Archived Environmental Pollution Incidents (PDF)