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City of Winter Springs facing potential fines over water plant sewage leaks, fish kill

WINTER SPRINGS — Residents in one Winter Springs neighborhood are sounding the alarm over the company hired to handle the city’s water utility.

Winter Springs hired the company, Veolia, in 2019. Since then, there have been multiple incidents involving sewage discharge, as well as a fish kill reported in January.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is now considering punitive actions for the city in response, which could include fines.

The January fish kill at a pond in the Lake Highlands area earned the city a warning from the DEP.

According to the warning letter, between 10,000 and 15,000 gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into the pond from the city’s West Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The city said the release was caused by a valve malfunction, which has since been repaired.