Holley Navarre sewage spill under investigation

Holley Navarre Water System reported spill of 250 gallons of raw sewage at the utility’s Holley treatment plant off Gordon Evans Road earlier this month. 

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the spill came from a VAC truck and appears to have been contained to the site. It was reported Oct. 18. 

Water system CEO Rob Williamson said the spill occurred on the morning of Oct. 10. He said they have completed clean up and taken samples from nearby water bodies for testing. 

“Holley Navarre Water System takes these matters very seriously, and we are performing our own internal investigation as to how this happened and why it happened, and should someone have acted inappropriately, disciplinary action will be taken immediately,” he said. 

When asked if there were suspicions of misconduct, Williamson only said that the investigation is still ongoing and statements are being taken. The utility’s board of directors are set to meet Wednesday night in a closed-door personnel meeting regarding the matter. 

Williamson said no further details can be shared at this time, pending completion of the internal investigation.  

According to FDEP External Affairs Manager Brandy Smith, the department’s investigation is also ongoing. 

“The department continues to gather information regarding this incident and will evaluate all of the information and the facility’s response to the incident to determine if any corrective or enforcement actions are needed,” she wrote in an email. 

Originally posted Oct. 22 at 9:40 a.m.

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