A possible second location of the leak was found from a drone, the ABC TV channel reported.
Authorities in Florida have discovered a second possible leak from the Piney Point reservoir with contaminated water, located on the territory of an old phosphate mine. As reported on Monday, with reference to the local administration, the ABC TV channel, to prevent the spill of polluted water with a high content of phosphorus and nitrogen and, as a result, flooding of the nearest territory, additional pumps will be installed to pump it out of the artificial reservoir.
According to the TV channel, a possible second place of the leak was found from a drone. After installing additional pumps, the authorities plan to pump and drain 280-370 million liters per day into Tampa Bay instead of the current 130 million liters from the reservoir, which originally had about 1.8 billion liters of dirty water.
According to The New York Times, the leak from the reservoir was reported on March 26, but it was small and did not pose a threat. The situation deteriorated significantly at the end of last week – there was a threat of a breakthrough of an artificial reservoir. On April 4, authorities declared a state of emergency in Manatee County, Florida, and ordered the evacuation of residents and employees of businesses located near Piney Point. In total, there are about 316 houses in this area.