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Environmental Pollution Incidents

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.


  • River Town Boulevard and Kendall Crossing
    St Johns, FL 32259
    St Johns County
    February 15, 2017 @ 3:35 p.m.
    Estimated gallons released: 4,500
    Action Taken: Street was washed down and wastewater vacuumed up.
    Preliminary Cause: Damage to sewer line caused by third party
     
  • 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: Damage to sewer line

  • 3305 Appleshaw Court 
    Jacksonville, FL 32277 
    Duval County
    February 4, 2017 @ 09:30 a.m.
    Estimated gallons released:  40 
    Action Taken:  Wash down impacted area and vacuum up wash down water
    Preliminary Cause:  Grease blockage caused manholes to overflow with wastewater

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.

  • West 5th St. and Blue Ave.
    Jacksonville, FL 32209
    Duval County
    February 18, 2017 @ 2:45 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons:  500
    Action Taken: Vacuumed up all released sewer.
    Preliminary Cause:  Cave-in

  • 2456 Justin Road West
    Jacksonville, FL 32210

    Duval County
    February 16, 2017 @ 7:20 a.m.
    Estimated Gallons: 100
    Action Taken: Washed down street and vacuumed up wastewater from catchbasin.
    Preliminary cause: Grease blockage.

  • 4014 Arbor Lake Dr. W.  
    Jacksonville, FL 32277
    Duval County
    February 4, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons:  500 
    Action Taken:  Wash down area and vacuum up wastewater
    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.

  • 14034 Summer Breeze Drive East
    Jacksonville, FL 32218

    Duval County
    February 20, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 20
    Action Taken: Washed street and recovered water and waste water.
    Preliminary Cause: Grease blockage

  • 6742 Drayton Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32208

    February 13, 2017 @ 4:42 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 10 
    Action Taken: Vacuumed wastewater and washed street.
    Preliminary Cause: Grease blockage caused overflow from manhole

  • 85586 Miner Road
    Yulee, FL 32097

    February 13, 2017 @ 6:56 a.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 20 
    Action Taken: Vacuumed wastewater and washed street.
    Preliminary Cause: Valve failure

  • Jefferson Street North and 6th Street West
    Jacksonville, FL 32209

    February 12, 2017 @ 6:22 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 5 
    Action Taken: Vacuumed wastewater and washed street.
    Preliminary Cause: Debris (rags) in manhole 

  • 135 Astra Way
    St Johns, FL 32259

    February 10, 2017 @ 10:16 a.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 1 
    Action Taken: Vacuumed wastewater and washed street.
    Preliminary Cause: 3rd party contractor left debris in manhole.

  • 2941 Huffman Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32246

    February 8, 2017 @ 11:55 a.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 30 gallons
    Action Taken: Vacuum wastewater and lime applied.
    Preliminary Cause: Broken line.

  • 1181 West 27th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209
     
    Duval County
    February 8, 2017 @ 10:35 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 30
    Action Taken: Vacuum wastewater from manhole and street
    Preliminary Cause: Blockage in line
     
  • 807 East 57th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32208
     
    Duval County
    February 7, 2017 @ 12:01 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 3 gallons
    Action Taken: Vacuum wastewater from manhole and street
    Preliminary Cause: Blockage in line

  • MLK Parkway at Division Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209
    Duval County
    February 3, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.
    Estimated Gallons Released: 40 
    Action Taken: Vacuum wastewater from vault
    Preliminary Cause: Replacement of malfunctioning ARV

Non-SSO Events Reported This Month

Non-SSO events reported to federal, state or local agencies.

251 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073
Clay County
February 9, 2017 @ 6:03 a.m.
Estimated Gallons Released: 44 
Action Taken: Will remove and replace impacted soil and grass 
Preliminary Cause: Oil leak from blown transformer (Non-PCB)

Cumulative Events in Calendar Year 2017

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