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April 24, 2013

Report of major spill

VALDOSTA — On April 24, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., City of Valdosta Utility Department staff located a sanitary sewer overflow just west of the Withlacoochee River crossing on Highway 133. The cause of the overflow is a burst sewer main. The city and a local contractor are in the process of mobilizing staff and equipment to excavate and repair the leaking main.

The city estimates that approximately 900 gallons per minute of sewage is being discharged onto the ground and reaching the Withlacoochee River.

Due to the possibility of high bacteria levels in the river, the public should avoid contact with the Withlacoochee River south of the bridge at Highway 133. Sampling of the river upstream and downstream of the spill was initiated today.

Any questions concerning this report may be directed to Environmental Manager John Waite at (229) 259-3592 or jwaite@valdostacity.com.

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