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Florida to close wastewater reservoir with leak history

Apr 13, 2021 - The Miami Herald

Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

The Republican governor said at a news conference at the site that the chronic challenges of containing polluted water at the long-closed phosphate plant must end.

“We want this to be the last chapter of the Piney Point story,” DeSantis said.

The reservoir is located just south of Tampa in Manatee County, near waterways that flow into Tamp...