Collapsed Sewer Line Causes Overflow
On Saturday, July 9, 2022, the City of Valdosta received notification of a possible overflow at the 2000 block of Baytree Road. Upon investigation, it was determined that a partially collapsed sewer line caused the overflow and allowed an estimated 200 gallons of discharge. City staff stopped the overflow and set up a bypass pump to start repairing the line. Staff immediately began cleanup and disinfecting at this overflow location as well. All appropriate regulatory and public health agencies have been notified, and warning signs have been posted.
Preventing sewer spills has and will continue to be the city’s top priority through the ongoing Collection System Rehab Program which includes Manhole Rehab, the Smoke Testing Program, Sewer Main Lining, and Sewer Main Replacement. In addition, the Utilities Department has an ongoing River Sampling Program that tests waters at different locations and has continued to install generators at the lift stations to ensure uninterrupted operation during power failures.
In addition to the programs listed above, in 2020, the Utilities Department initiated two additional programs, The “Creek Crossing” program and the “Cap the Cleanout” program, to help locate Infiltration and Inflow in the Collection System as well. These programs are designed to specifically check each manhole and/or sewer line on or near water to verify proper operation and go door to door to ensure each house has its cleanout cap installed and the cleanout is in working order.
The city will continue its ongoing efforts to improve the infrastructure of the sewer system to eliminate these issues in the future. For more information, contact the Utilities Department Environmental Manager Scott Fowler at 229-259-3592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.