Power was turned off at a lift station, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

About 3,200 gallons of sewage spilled in Sarasota County after power was turned off at a lift station last week, the state reports.

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the main breaker was turned off at the lift station on Booker Avenue, causing a spill. Customers in the area were aware of the spill on Aug. 9 but did not notify the county until Monday. Sarasota County is investigating why the breaker was turned off, according to Brianne Grant, media relations specialist.

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About 3,200 gallons of sewage spilled from the sewer structure into a swale in the 2500 block of Colson Avenue, then into Whitaker Bayou. The county recovered 1,500 gallons and will treat the affected areas with lime. Water samples will be taken.

An alarm that operates independently of the main power supply will be installed on the lift station to prevent a future spill.

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