Another Valdosta E. Park Ave. sewage spill, 171,750 gallons 2023-02-20

Update 2023-02-28: Yet another Valdosta sewage spill into Knights Creek 2023-02-22.

Update 2023-02-25: Clean Withlacoochee River 2023-02-23.

No wonder E. Park Ave. stunk of sewage when I went there yesterday. Valdosta had another sewage spill there, next to Knights Creek, this Monday.

[ARWT map, E. Park Ave., US 84]
ARWT map, E. Park Ave., US 84

Received 4:56 PM today:

On Monday, February 20, 2023, during a routine inspection, city staff located a sewer issue at the 1800 block of East Park Avenue. Upon investigation, it was determined that a bypass pump suction line elevation was not adequate to handle the oncoming flow and surcharged the collection system. City staff and a local contractor worked around the clock to make the adjustments and stop the spill. An estimated 171,750 gallons of sewer was released into the wetland watershed area adjacent to Knights Creek. City staff immediately began cleanup and disinfecting at the overflow location. All appropriate regulatory and public health agencies have been notified, and warning signs have been posted.

The rest of this sewage spill press release is the same boilerplate as the last one.

There are more pictures of the affected areas in the previous post.

[Knights Creek to Alapaha River in ARWT]
Knights Creek to Alapaha River in the WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT)

Knights Creek still flows into Mud Swamp Creek in Lowndes County, the Alapahoochee River in Echols County, Georgia, and the Alapaha River in Hamilton County, Florida.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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