Minor Sewer Spill in Valdosta

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Valdosta, Georgia- August 8, 2012

On Aug. 7, 2012, a contractor performing rehabilitation work at the Goodyear pump station on Bemiss Road discovered a leak in one of the bypass pumps being used at the job site. This pump was immediately turned off from the system for repair. As a result of the temporary loss of one bypass pump, sewage began to surcharge from a manhole adjacent to the station.

The pump was repaired in a matter of minutes and was restored to service. By 3:45 p.m., the overflow had been stopped.

The surcharge entered Cherry Creek at Bemiss Road resulting in a minor spill to state waters. The city estimates that approximately 1,000 gallons of sewage entered Cherry Creek between 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Warning signs have been placed at the spill site and at downstream public access points.


Questions regarding this minor spill may be directed to Environmental Manager John Waite at (229) 259-3592 or jwaite@valdostacity.com.