Items 2 (new catch basin proposed for Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant, WWTP) and 3 (zero lift station spills) have not been published elsewhere. Received Thursday, December 6, 2018. -jsq
From: Tim Carroll
I just wanted to follow up from our conversation the other day. I had a very good conversation with [Utilities Director] Darryl Muse and [City Manager] Mark Barber Tuesday. Here are the highlights:
- We are still seeing way to[o] much storm water infiltration (I&I) into the sanitary sewer system. Darryl believes it is in the older parts of the city—specifically the downtown area. He is going to focus on finding where this is happening.
- We also discussed building another catch basin. Almost doubling our storage capacity during storm events. This will be about $1-1.5M so it is not a budget buster.
- We had zero spills along the lines or at lift stations. You may remember that the majority of spills in the past took place before it got to the WWTP.
- Tonight we will be approving the purchase of 9 generators for permanent placement and 1 mobile for our lift stations. We are also in the process of applying for a grant to purchase generators for our large force main by the YMCA. This generator is over a million bucks.
- We are also going to approve tonight the purchase of a SCAD[A] system to monitor every single lift station as well as both WWTP. This way we will have live data so as to better manage and respond to our waste water infrastructure.
This recent spill was disappointing of course. And yes, the city has “earned” a lot of the grief it is getting over them. But these above combined with the millions of dollars we have invested over the past several years is beginning to pay off. We are close.
We are invested and we are committed.
Councilman District 5
City of Valdosta
The agenda for last Thursday’s Valdosta City Council meeting is online. Darryl Muse had quite a bit to say, and they did approve items 4 and 5.
I also spoke, inviting the City of Valdosta to sign on to the the resolution asking GA-EPD to tell everyone when anyone spills. At least this time the mayor did not laugh. Video will be available soon.
The only way anybody found out about the other thirteen (13) Valdosta spills was when I got an update from GA-EPD, which showed as recently as the other day that most of those spills were still not stopped.
I appreciate Council Carroll’s communications. He is well aware of my opinion that if Valdosta wants to stop having a reputation of hiding information, it needs to stop hiding information important to the public health.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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