Valdosta Manhole Rehabilitation lists 2021-07-13.
“Doesn’t look good,”
WWALS member Scotti Jay summed up the situation at the Wainwright Drive Onemile Branch manhole that spilled yet again in Tropical Storm Elsa.
“No lime was put out.”
Caution, Sewage Spill, Manhole ajar, Wainwright Drive, Onemile Branch, Valdosta, GA
This is a manhole at 1212 Wainwright Drive, where
Valdosta, Georgia, spilled 37,500 gallons of raw sewage on July 7, 2021, during Tropical Storm Elsa.
That’s the same place Valdosta has spilled numerous times before,
listing it as 1208 Wainwright Drive, or “1200 block”,
51,800 gallons 2018-12-14,
166,275 gallons 2018-12-03,
9,800 gallons 2017-01-22,
90,500 gallons 2016-02-04.
That’s a total of 355,875 gallons spilled at that one location.
Is a third of a million gallons of raw sewage not enough for Valdosta to pay attention and fix that location?
Will it require a million gallons?
Back on November 11, 2017, Valdosta Utilities Director Darryl Muse
joined WWALS on a cleanup of Onemile Branch, including at the bridge
in these pictures.
He said they were trying to get the number of sewer spills down to zero.
a year later
at a Valdosta City Council meeting
at a SRWMD Board meeting,
Director Muse neglected to mention the 218,075 gallons spilled at that location alone
in December 2018.
In both cases I had to stand up and correct him in public.
SRWMD Board member Virginia Sanchez noted,
“You don’t want to swim in a little sewage versus a lot of sewage either. Both of them are bad. A spill is bad.”
When I asked him another year later during one of the Florida dozen-county Valdosta sewage Task Force meetings with the Valdosta City Council when Wainwright Drive would be fixed, Darryl Muse did not recall that location.
Still years more later, Scotti Jay last week observed,
“You would be amazed at all the incompetent work being done around the Wainwright location. With no effort whatsoever towards improving the faulty, damaged manhole.
“Will the City of Valdosta finally repair the most dangerous sewer hole that threatens sewage intrusion. Ask your local government to update the sewer system.”
Asked about the sign,
Scotti Jay wrote
“it’s just zip tied. But some locations have permanent signs.” Continue reading