Sanitary Sewer Line Obstruction Causes Spill

On February 27th, 2024, at 11:30am, the Utility Central Lines Personnel were dispatched to investigate a potential sewer overflow at 215 Knob Hill Drive.  During this inspection, they found a Sanitary Sewer manhole overflowing from the backside of Williamsburg Drive. All Utility divisions were immediately notified and began investigating the cause of the overflow. The overflow was caused by an unknown obstruction, which was quickly removed by Central Lines crew using high-pressure jetting. The Sanitary Sewer overflow stopped at 12:30 pm the same day, releasing approximately 1500 gallons into a drainage ditch that discharges into the Withlacoochee River.  All appropriate agencies have been notified and upon clearing the obstruction, City staff began cleaning and sanitation of the site. The site will be monitored, and any future cleaning and sanitizing of the site will be done as needed.

The City of Valdosta continues to dedicate significant resources into preventing Sanitary Sewer overflows.  Currently, the Utilities Department is not only updating aging infrastructure but also managing a multitude of programs and developing new plans of action to limit and prevent Sanitary Sewer overflows in the City of Valdosta.  If you would like more information about these programs or how you can contribute, please contact the City of Valdosta Utilities Department, Environmental Division, at 229-259-3592.