A broken pipe is blamed; reclaimed water is used for irrigation.

About 180,000 gallons of reclaimed water leaked from a pipe into Sarasota Bay in Manatee County Tuesday and Wednesday, the state reports.

According to a Florida Department of Environmental Protection report, Manatee County staff received a call at about 11 p.m. Aug. 13 that a 16-inch pipe was leaking in the 6000 block of 34th Street West. The broken pipe was discharging reclaimed water to a storm drain, which discharged into Sarasota Bay.

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Staff stopped the leak by 2 a.m. Aug. 14 and completed repairs by 4 a.m.

It was estimated that about 180,000 gallons of reclaimed water was discharged. Reclaimed water is treated wastewater that can be used for irrigation, according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It is not safe to drink.

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