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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sinkhole blamed in spill of 1 million gallons of public reuse water in Ocala

The Ocala Water Resources Department experienced another spill of public access reuse water on Thursday.

The spill, which involved approximately 1 million gallons, has been contained. It took place at the Groundwater Recharge Wetland Park, located at 2201 NW 21st St.

The water involved in the spill has been treated and presents no danger to the public or surrounding area, an official said.

“This spill was caused when a sinkhole formed in a wetland cell, which is slated for repair,” said Rachel Slocumb, City of Ocala Water Resources conservation coordinator. “Sinkholes are an expected and anticipated occurrence in the process of constructing a wetland, due to the influx of water to the area.”

For more information, call the City of Ocala Water Resources Department at 352-351-6772.

Thursday’s spill marks the second such incident in less than a week. On Saturday, a sinkhole was blamed for a similar spill involving 1.5 million gallons of reuse water.