“Something looking funny at one mile,” reported Scotti Jay Jones last night, from the Wainwright Drive bridge over Onemile Branch.
Soon, from Baytree Road, he added: “There’s workers neck deep in this stuff. I saw workers neck deep. In this water main break. Repair. How does this affect our drainage system?”
I would like to compliment Valdosta Utilities and its Director Darryl Muse for being on site and dealing with the situation. We do have a few questions, though.
Here’s what Scotti saw that tipped him off:
Onemile Branch was full and muddy with water apparently coming out of a storm drain.
Scotti followed the water upstream from Onemile Branch to Baytree Road, where “Pipes were flowing at Baytree and they were sawing out sections of road for work of some sort.”
He said it was an active spill site, and Valdosta Utilities Director Darryl Muse was on site.
Here are a couple of videos Scotti took:
However, Scotti notes:
Water pipe. Not wastewater. Per Muse himself. He stayed on site.
The pump truck was pumping out the hole and into the stormwater drain. Which leads directly to one mile branch.
That explains Onemile Branch.
He stated it was water mains from the weather. I did not smell sewage. Mainly burning diesel.
Water main burst. He said it was common this time of year. Car wash near MacArthur.
Specifically, Splash Zone Car Wash, 807 Baytree Road #2838, Valdosta, GA 31602, directly across from Miramar Street, due north of Wainwright Drive.
Onemile Branch flows into Sugar Creek.
Which goes into the Withlacoochee River, upstream of the GA 133 bridge.
It will be interesting to see what Valdosta’s water quality results at GA 133 for Friday (tomorrow) show.
So I don’t know what weather had to do with it. Sure, there’s been freezing weather. But those drinking water mains are several feet underground: they couldn’t have frozen.
What caused this water main break, Valdosta?
And we’re all glad it wasn’t a sewer main.
There are more pictures by Scotti Jay Jones on the WWALS website.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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