1,500 gallons of fluoride spills at Alabaster water plant, no immediate threat to water supply

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ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — Approximately 1,500 gallons of liquid fluoride spilled at an Alabaster water plant early Wednesday morning.

According to Alabaster Water, the spill occurred around 7:15 a.m. when a pipe fitting on the fluoride holding tank broke while it was being adjusted. The chemical spilled from the holding tank into a secondary containment structure but no liquid has been released from there at this time.

As of Thursday morning, 900 gallons of the fluoride had been released into the ground due to an undetermined piping failure. The other 600 gallons of the chemical have been recovered.

Alabaster Water says crews are still working to remove any contaminated materials from the area as well as monitoring the water quality. There is no immediate threat to the water supply, according to the company.

Residents who have questions regarding the spill can call the company at 205-663-6155.

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