Scotti Jay smelled a sewer spill. He found an open manhole, a bunch of hoses, and tracks of large trucks, presumably Valdosta Utilities pumper trucks. We don’t know, because Valdosta has not answered an inquiry from this morning.
This is on Onemile Branch behind the Valdosta State University (VSU) Recreation Center, downstream from Sustella Ave.
The good news from Sara Jay’s water quality testing: she got 166 cfu/100 mL E. coli at Sustella Ave., 0 (zero) at Wainwright Waterfall downstream, and 133 at Wainwright Drive farther downstream.
None of those numbers are bad. The higher two are larger than the 126 longterm limit, but well below the 410 one-time testing limit. See What do these numbers mean?. For context, see https://wwals.net/issues/testing/.
Also, you can help with WWALS water quality testing.
Which leads to a mystery: Why doesn’t Valdosta advertise these spills and say how they cleaned them up? That would be great PR for Valdosta Utilities, and would encourage restaurants and others not to let Fats Oils and Grease get into the sewer system.
Instead, they leave it to WWALS to detect some of them. You have to wonder: how many more of these spills have there been lately? And that’s bad PR for Valdosta.
For example, the manhole just south of Wainwright Drive and north of Onemile Branch, which has spilled hundreds of gallons of sewage before, seems to have toilet paper leaking out of it.
And the concrete around the manhole seems much more eroded than in February 2019.
Lime and broken concrete 2020-02-10.
Anyway, here are some videos by Sara Jay:
Below are more pictures. Click on any small picture for a bigger one.
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