- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - The city of St. Augustine and state environmental officials are finalizing a consent agreement that will aim to minimize sewer spills.

The St. Augustine Record (https://bit.ly/275hFZz ) reported Sunday that the St. Augustine has had 18 sanitary sewer overflows and spills in the past several months when eight to 10 spills is typical in a year.

The consent order requires the city to come up with a corrective plan.

The consent order says that several of the spills were related to heavy rains and some were from power failures, blockages and equipment failure.

Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say part of the problem comes from St. Augustine’s old infrastructure.

Settled by Spanish colonists, St. Augustine calls itself the oldest city in the United States.

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