The following is a look at some of the water and sewer system accidents that have occurred, and health advisories that were issued, locally in 2018:
April: A sewer pump station at Beasley Park failed. Portable toilets were temporarily set up for park/beach visitors.
April 25: About 5,250 gallons of diluted wastewater from an abandoned city of Fort Walton Beach force main made its way to Gap Creek via an existing state-owned storm drain on Beal Parkway. The force main, which contained residual wastewater, was broken by a state-led resurfacing project on Beal.
August: About 60,000 gallons of raw sewage was released because of a county pump station failure at the Hidden Cove Townhomes. The sewage entered Tom’s Creek and Tom’s Bayou in Valparaiso.
July 31: About 1,200 gallons of raw sewage overflowed out of a manhole and into a ditch and storm drain system, then into wetlands at Veterans Park, after a county sewer pump station in the 1200 block of Miracle Strip Parkway on Okaloosa Island failed. About 500 gallons of the spill were recovered and properly disposed of.
Late July: Health advisories were issued to Liza Jackson Park in Fort Walton Beach and Poquito Park in Shalimar by the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County.
The advisories warned of the potential health risk to the bathing public. Water samples showed high level of fecal bacteria, which is an indication of fecal pollution that may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.
June 18: Health advisories were issued for Liza Jackson Park, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville and Clement Taylor Park in Destin. Water samples showed high level of fecal bacteria.
June 18: About 90,000 gallons of reclaimed water, suitable for landscape irrigation, was spilled from storage tanks at the Destin Water Users wastewater treatment plan on Industrial Park Lane in Destin.
Most of the water flowed into onsite stormwater ponds. About 9,000 gallons entered a nearby wetland that is isolated from adjacent water sources.
Mid-June: The Blue Mountain Beach access and Dune Allen Beach access in Walton County were flagged for enteric bacteria.
Nov. 24: About 3,000 gallons of raw sewage escaped from a pump station and force main at a restaurant in 14000 block of Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.
Nov. 26: About 4,500 gallons of raw sewage went into a storm drain and ultimately drained into Snapper Cove off of Cinco Bayou after a contractor broke a force main on Monahan Drive in Ocean City.
Dec. 10: An estimated 12,000 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed from an Eglin Air Force Base pump station after an electrical control and pump failure.
Dec. 11-14: An aging Okaloosa County sewer force main leaked about 158,000 gallons of raw sewage in unincorporated Niceville. Most of the sewage was hauled to a Niceville pump station and the remainder was contained in a retention basin and a trench.