Environmental regulators in Florida and Alabama are warning the public to avoid “any water activity” in Perdido Bay south of Bayou Marcus Creek after a major spill.
The spill came from the side of Florida in Perdido Bay, which covers the two countries north of Orange Beach.
Florida’s Emerald Coast Public Utilities Service is demolishing the Bayou Marcus water treatment plant, leaving untreated wastewater in the bay, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Florida officials said work to repair the rupture continued at 5:20 p.m. on Friday. The Florida Department of Health has issued a health council stating that it “does not recommend any water-related activities due to the possibility of elevated levels of bacteria in the water.”
They say the rupture occurred around 10:30 p.m. On Thursday in a 30-inch pipe between the “factories” (the start of the production process) and the biological treatment pools. At this point in the wastewater process, a primary inspection and degreasing has been performed, but it has not been treated in any other way.
The pipeline said it expected the pipeline to be replaced on Friday and that preliminary estimates suggested that “several million gallons of flow would be lost.”
The Department of Environmental Management in Alabama says no public source of drinking water in Baldwin County will be affected by the spill, but that water monitoring signs in the Perdido Bay area are being updated to reflect an increased risk of disease, related to swimming in these areas.
The general location of the medical facility where the rupture occurred is shown on the map below, about six miles across Lillian Bay, Alabama. The US 98 Bridge and most of Perdido Bay, south of the facility, are included in the recommendation.