City of Valdosta reports spill of 135,000 gallons of sewage from Mud Creek plant

Published: Aug. 14, 2018 at 5:25 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 14, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The City of Valdosta says overnight rain caused a spill from the Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The city says around 10:45 p.m. on Monday, the plant had a clarifier malfunction due to a storm that saw around 1.5 inches of rain within hours. The clarifier became clogged with debris from the large amounts of flow entering the plant.

According to officials, plant personnel quickly identified the issue and corrected the malfunction within minutes, but not before approximately 135,000 gallons of secondary clarifier effluent spilled onto the plant grounds and into a storm drain that feeds Knight's Creek.

The city says it is continuing ongoing efforts to "improve the infrastructure of the sewer system to eliminate these issues in the future." Leaders added that improving the sewer system has and will continue to be a priority.

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