Late last week, a significant breach in the wall of a wastewater reservoir in Piney Point, Florida, threatened to spill hundreds of millions of gallons of tainted water into nearby communities.

The water contains high levels of phosphorus and the nitrogen, which can affect water quality, and should the reservoir completely collapse, the ensuing flood would surge through local homes and businesses and could potentially become contaminated by radioactive waste materials stored at the reservoir site, the Bradenton Herald reported