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July 25, 2013

Permit limit exceeded at Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant

VALDOSTA — As a result of several days of consistently heavy rains in Valdosta, the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant discharged total suspended solids in excess of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limit. 

 

The total suspended solids result for the effluent sample collected July 23, 2013 was 77 milligrams per liter.  This is greater than 1.5 times the weekly average of 45 milligrams per liter allowed by the NPDESpermit, which constitutes a major spill.  The volume of the major spill into the Withlacoochee River is the total flow for July 23, which is 7.6 million gallons.

 

The city is working closely with a design consultant and a construction firm to implement seven projects that, once in place, will help keep the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant in compliance with the NPDES permit until the relocation of the plant is complete.  The city’s contractor is expected to be on site within the next two weeks to start work on these necessary improvement projects.  The city is also preparing to issue a design/build RFP for the relocation of the Withlacoochee Plant, which is expected to cost $20 million and be completed by August 2015.

 

Warning signs have been placed downstream, and stream sampling of the Withlacoochee River has been initiated as required.  For more information, contact Environmental Manager John Waite at (229) 259-3592 or at jwaite@valdostacity.com.

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