Advisory for Hillsborough River - Sewage Overflow Prompts Hillsborough River Warning

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The City of Tampa’s Wastewater Department has begun emergency repairs on a failed manhole, which resulted in an overflow into the Hillsborough River late Saturday evening. Repairs are underway on the manhole and the leak has been contained. As a precautionary measure, signs are being posted at access points to the river alerting the public of the advisory with regard to swimming, wading, and fishing.

The overflow occurred near the Sligh Avenue Bridge. Department staff have been sampling areas along the river, including the Lowry Park Boat Ramp and the Columbus Avenue Bridge, to determine if the overflow resulted in high bacteria levels in the river. The City will continue testing until it has been determined that bacterial levels are safe. The signs will remain posted until then.

For additional information, please contact Wastewater Department Director Anthony Kasper at (813) 274-8108 or via email at