Environmental Incident Reporting

JEA makes it a practice to keep the public informed of incidents that occur 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 reportable pollution release requirements.

Information Regarding Reported Pollution Incidents

On July 1, 2017, Section 403.077, Florida Statutes, regarding public notification of pollution incidents went into effect. The Statute requires an operator of an installation at which a reportable pollution release occurred to provide a report to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) within 24 hours after its discovery. FDEP will make available on its website all notices received.

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. 

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.

  • 3115 Brasque Dr
    Jacksonville, FL 32209
    Duval County
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @ 12:12 PM
    Estimated gallons spilled:  1000
    Action Taken:  Blockage was removed and overflow stopped. All sewage was able to be recovered from ditch and storm water system. Ditch will be limed after all sewer is recovered. 
    Preliminary Cause:  Blockage

  • SR 200 and Lofton Creek
    Yulee, FL 32097
    Nassau County
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 12:00 PM
    Estimated gallons spilled:  1600
    Action Taken:  Valves were shut off to stop flow of sewer into creek. Force main released roughly 40 gallons of sewer a minute for 40 minutes until release could be stopped. 
    Preliminary Cause:  Contractor Error

  • 11400 New Berlin Rd
    Jacksonville, FL 32226
    Duval County
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Estimated gallons spilled:  86000
    Action Taken:  Water washed part of the road away. Valves were located and shut off roughly at 8:00 p.m. 
    Preliminary Cause:  Contractor Error

  • 10150 Agave Rd
    Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Duval County
    Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 11:00 PM
    Estimated gallons spilled:  18000
    Action Taken:  JEA vacuum trucks were able to remove the pressure from the gravity lines, stopping the overflow and continued to maintain the lines through manholes until the lift station cave in could be repaired. 
    Preliminary Cause:  Cave-in

  • 5620 Collins Rd
    Jacksonville, FL 32244
    Duval County
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 8:30 PM
    Estimated gallons spilled:  5500
    Action Taken:  Vacuum up sewer from ground, apply hydrated lime to impacted area
    Preliminary Cause:  Equipment Failure  

  • Del Webb Parkway and Bay Breeze Drive
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081
    St Johns County
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 5:35 PM
    Estimated gallons spilled:  100452
    Action Taken:  Repaired line. Pumps recovering water from the stormwater ponds. Fish and other contaminants to be removed from pond by cleanup contractor. Contractor being worked with to remediate pond.
    Preliminary Cause:  Pipe Failure

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. 

  • 843 Bert Rd 5/15/19 12:00 AM - 500 gallons
  • 10340 Woodley Creek Drive 5/21/2019 2:30pm - 100 gallons

    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.

    Other Events Reported To The State Watch Office

    • 1245 Reclamation Dr
      St Johns, FL 32259
      St Johns County
      Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
      Estimated gallons spilled:  175
      Action Taken:  The diesel was removed from the storage tank and the tank will be replaced. Contractor scheduled to complete cleanup of diesel on concrete pad.
      Preliminary Cause:  Equipment Failure

    Events in Calendar Year 2019

    Archived Environmental Pollution Incidents (PDF)