For a year and a half, Valdosta had no major sewage spills.
The 300,000 gallons Valdosta spilled uphill from the Withlacoochee River
is far more than the
90,000 gallons Albany spilled into the Flint River a month ago,
and far more than the
36,000 + 5,400 gallons Tifton spilled into the New River
a few weeks ago.
It’s even more than the
250,000 gallons Tifton spilled into the Little River
last September during Hurricane Irma.
Sure, 300,000 is less than the
millions of gallons Valdosta spilled in January 2017.
And sure, Valdosta has spent tens of millions of dollars building
a whole new Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)
uphill out of the flood plain, and a force main, and mamy other improvements.
Sure, the situation is better than it used to be,
as I’ve been bragging about on the radio and in this blog recently.
But it was that same new WWTP that spilled yesterday.
Sure, what spilled was mostly rainwater.
But people in the seven Florida counties downstream (or in Lowndes and Brooks
Counties, Georgia downstream) are not Continue reading