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:
- Two manholes in the 600 block of Scott Drive overflowed, and the estimate of the overflow into Sugar Creek is 63,000 gallons and 6,000 gallons respectively. Current status: still overflowing.
- A manhole in the 1200 block of Lake Drive overflowed an estimated 31,500 gallons in Two Mile Branch. Current status: still overflowing.
- A manhole in the 4100 block of Bemiss Road overflowed an estimated 18,000 gallons into Cherry Creek. Current status: still overflowing.
- One manhole in the 800 block of Gornto Road has overflowed an estimated 15,000 into Two Mile Branch. Current status: still overflowing.
- Two manholes on Remer Lane overflowed into Sugar Creek and overflowed an estimated 99,000 gallons and 6,000 gallons respectively. Current status: still overflowing.
- One manhole in the 1700 block of Gordon Street has spilled an estimated 6,000 gallons into Sugar Creek. Current status: still overflowing.
- A manhole at 1100 Jo Ree Street has overflowed an estimated 13,500 into One Mile Branch. Current status: still overflowing.
- A manhole in the 600 block of Cypress Street has overflowed an estimated 22,500 gallons into Knights Creek. Current status: still overflowing.
- A manhole in the 2400 block of Meadowbrook Drive overflowed an estimated 6,000 gallons into Sugar Creek. The overflow was stopped at 12 p.m., on April 15.
Upstream and downstream sampling has begun in the above locations to collect and document bacteria levels in the various impacted waterways. Public notice signs have been posted downstream from all spill locations, and the public is advised to avoid any contact with these areas. The city will provide an update when all spills have stopped.
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.