By Eames Yates
August 24, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
The Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant has suffered another major spill... This time it's More than twelve million gallons. Jason Scarpate is the Assistant Utilities Director of Valdosta. He said "the flow going out at this point is actually partially treated combination of water, sewage and storm water. Not raw sewage."
At a cost of two and a half million, the city has brought in independent contractors to help with seven temporary fixes at the treatment plant to avoid more spills. The most important of which is the installation of screens which they will begin doing this week.
Scarpate went on to say "That will take out a lot of the solids. Plastics, some of the rags, that will take that out and that will help eliminate the hydrolic loading for the plant. It keeps it a lot cleaner, you don't have those big pieces clogging up pipes, clogging up the process and therefore causing problems."
All of the seven fixes are meant to last for the next few years until the plant can be relocated to higher ground at a cost of $20 million. That money will come from the penny sales tax called SPLOST if it passes in November.
The relocation is expected to be completed by November of 2015.