Rain Creates Issues with Valdosta Sewers

| November 26, 2014

Sewer-Trap

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta area has received over five inches of rain this week. Soils have become saturated, and inflow and infiltration stormwater from these ongoing heavy rains has caused some parts of the wastewater collection system to be filled to capacity.

No manhole overflows have been discovered or reported. However, during routine wet weather inspections of the sewer system on Nov. 25 at approximately 12 p.m., the Utilities Department staff discovered wastewater escaping from a cracked pipe near the 1400 block of Gornto Road. The spill has since stopped, and field measurements indicate that 36,000 gallons of combined wastewater and stormwater was discharged to Sugar Creek north of Gornto Road.

Regulatory agencies and the local Health Department have been notified. Signs are being posted at the spill site and at the public access location downstream of the spill. Upstream and downstream stream sampling will be conducted to collect and document bacteria levels in the waterway.

In January, the city began smoke testing of the entire wastewater system, to identify and eliminate sources of stormwater inflow and infiltration that occur during heavy rain events and that cause increased flows and possible wastewater surcharges in the system. This particular section of pipe was identified through the smoke testing and was included for repair in the next phase of Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) lining. Bids for this CIPP lining project will be received on Dec. 17, 2014.

For more information, contact Environmental Manager John Waite at (229) 259-3592 or at jwaite@valdostacity.com.

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2 Comments on "Rain Creates Issues with Valdosta Sewers"

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  1. Papi says:

    Tell us some real NEWS!!!

  2. Tater Beauchamp says:

    Yea this is expected after any substantial rain…