TAMPA — A recently installed section of pipe broke last week in Town 'N Country, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of sewage into a nearby creek that feeds Tampa Bay.
Crews worked nearly 12 hours Friday to replace an 18-foot section of broken pipe near Hanley and Comanche avenues, but not before the large spill flowed into Sweetwater Creek.
The pipe is part of a recently completed $700,000 project that replaced 2,600 feet of ductile iron pipe with a thick-walled PVC type.
Bill Bozeman, a project manager for the county's water resource management department, said the leak was caused by a 15-foot long crack on a section of pipe that passed pressure tests and was installed about four months ago.
"It leaves us kind of wondering exactly what to attribute the failure to," Bozeman said. "I have not seen anything quite like this. This was an unusual occurrence."
Water from the creek will be tested and monitored for high levels of bacteria.