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Hot Topic: Mosaic New Wales Sinkhole and Water Loss Incident

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Community members who are interested in testing or bottled water:

Mosaic
813-500-6575


Resident inquiries and requests for DEP sampling:

DEP Office of Public Services

850-245-2118


Media inquiries:

DEP Press Office

850-245-2112

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s priority is always the safety of Floridians and our environment, and our staff was on-site to investigate the issues at Mosaic’s New Wales facility less than 24 hours after being notified. Since Mosaic’s initial report of the Water Loss Incident at its Polk County New Wales facility on Aug. 28, 2016, DEP has maintained strict oversight of the recovery process and made frequent site visits to ensure timely and appropriate response continues in order to safeguard public health and natural resources.

Governor Scott directed DEP to expedite our investigation, which began on Aug. 29. While Mosaic has taken responsibility, our job is to ensure 100-percent safe drinking water in Florida and to protect our state’s pristine environment. As directed by the Governor, DEP is expediting all water-quality tests to ensure safe drinking water for residents. Governor Scott also has directed the Department of Health to partner with DEP in our investigation to ensure all drinking water in the area is safe. 

DEP’s Ongoing Oversight:

Department staff continues to perform frequent, targeted site visits to monitor progress and provide direction and assistance on response activities.

The department continues to communicate with Mosaic on a daily basis to receive updates on the status of the site and the most recent monitoring results, along with a review of investigative activities in accordance with the requirements of applicable state permits and state orders.

Most recent actions taken by DEP include:

  • During the week of May 7, 2018: DEP and Mosaic collected monitoring well samples on three days. Results from these samples are forthcoming.

  • During the week of April 30, 2018: DEP and Mosaic collected monitoring well samples on three days. Results from these samples are forthcoming.

  • During the week of April 23, 2018: DEP and Mosaic collected monitoring well samples on two days, and DEP and ECT collected additional private drinking water well samples three days. Results from these samples are forthcoming.

  • During the week of April 16, 2018: DEP and Mosaic collected monitoring well samples on three days, and DEP and ECT collected additional private drinking water well samples two days. Results from these samples are forthcoming.

  • During the week of April 9, 2018: DEP and Mosaic collected monitoring well samples on three days, and DEP and ECT collected additional private drinking water well samples four days. Results from these samples are forthcoming.

  • During the week of April 2, 2018: DEP and Mosaic collected monitoring well samples on three days, and DEP and ECT collected additional private drinking water well samples one day. Results from these samples are forthcoming.

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May 16, 2018 - 4:59pm

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