Associated Press News Release
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Heavy rains have led to continuing sewage problems in the south Georgia city of Valdosta.
The Valdosta Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1h2ZEO4) that 11 manholes throughout the city had spilled an estimated 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways as of Tuesday afternoon.
City officials say many of the overflows were still ongoing Tuesday afternoon. They said the spills have been reported to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Among the overflows: Two manholes on Scott Drive overflowed, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of wastewater in Sugar Creek.
Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, http://valdostadailytimes.com/
News Release: City of Valdosta
April 15, 2014, 6pm
City Responds to Some Local Manhole Overflows
The Valdosta area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 15, 2014, resulting in completely saturated soils and high ground water tables. The MudCreek and Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plants remained in compliance and effectively processed the excess flows at the facilities, a direct result of over $2.5 million in sanitary sewer system improvements made recently. However, the impact of the stormwater inflow and infiltration into the wastewater collection system caused manhole overflows in several areas of the city on the morning of April 15.
As of 3 p.m., 10 of the 11 overflows were still ongoing, and below are the estimates calculated for each. These major spills entered the waters of the state and have been reported to the Environmental Protection Division:
For more information, contact the Public Information Office at (229) 259-3548.
By: Winnie Wright
April 15, 2014, 5:30pm
With the rain comes the possibility of sewage spills in Valdosta.
City Leadership has been at the Withlachoochee Wastewater Treatment Facility since early this morning to monitor water levels at the plant.
They say the maximum water capacity at the plant is twelve million gallons per day.
But with all the rainfall overnight, the plant pumped through 16 million gallons.
The City says even then, they've had no plant violations and are hoping for no manhole overflows.
"There's nobody more concerned with what's going on than our own leadership here and we've had people starting even last night knowing we were going to get rain and there are things we can do proactively to accommodate for the extra water that is coming in," said Sementha Mathews, City of Valdosta.
The City of Valdosta has not reported any sewage spills by tonight's newscast, but says they have crews working around the clock all over the city monitoring the situation.