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July 25, 2013

Valdosta reports sewage spill


The city has responded to the high flows at the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant by repurposing some of its tanks to create additional storage space for the excess solids and high flows at the plant.  Heavy rains resulted in another discharge of total suspended solids on July 24 in excess of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limit.   The city expects the corrective actions to resolve future occurrences.


The total suspended solids result for the effluent sample collected July 24 was 111 milligrams per liter.  This is greater than 1.5 times the weekly average allowed by the NPDES permit, which constitutes a major spill.  The volume of the major spill into the Withlacoochee River is the total flow for July 24, which is 7.95 million gallons.


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


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