Major sewage spill caused by vandalism

CONYERS -- More than 60,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled from a manhole over a two-day period last week due to vandalism of the sewer system, according to Rockdale Water Resources.

RWR Deputy Director Terrell Gibbs said it appeared that large rocks or boulders had been thrown into the manhole where the spill occurred or in a manhole upstream from the Scott Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and then made their way down the sewer line. The plant is located at 1285 Ga. Highway 212.

"It certainly wasn't a situation of neglect or anything like that," Gibbs said.

RWR was notified of the spill on Nov. 16 by a customer who called and said it appeared that sewage was overflowing from the manhole near a house on Ga. Highway 212. Gibbs said the spill flowed into a private pond on nearby property.

The department was notified of the spill at 10:45 a.m. and the sewer line problem was cleared by 1:45 p.m., according to Water Resources.

The spill, which totaled 63,000 gallons, was classified as a major spill by the state Environmental Protection Division.

Gibbs said he does not yet know if there will be a fine associated with the spill. He said EPD had been notified that the spill was caused by vandalism, which could mean that only 12 months of monitoring of the spill site will be required. RWR will know within 30 to 60 days if the county will be fined by the EPD.


Clark 2 years, 10 months ago

What is your problem? Could RWR have done something better? Perhaps. But should they be held responsible for someone throwing boulders into the sewer???


maryinga 2 years, 10 months ago

I could make a "crude" statement here....it won't get published!!! Way to go vandals!! Wonder if they were looking for cooper and found nothing! Oh geeze....come on people get real


INJUSTICE_FOR_ALL 2 years, 10 months ago

Your the problem. just a fine example of the cover your butt and pass the blame. Yes RWR should be held responsible. Oh i forgot, you and the chiefs do no wrong.


deercrazy16 2 years, 10 months ago

This sounds like a stinky situation.


lakeridge 2 years, 10 months ago

Everyone had to vomit at the same time when the election results came in and thats what overburdened the system.


muffin 2 years, 10 months ago

What happens to all the money collected from businesses and homeowners who are forced to pay the stormwater assessment . Many of us are on septic systems and add nothing to the sewage system. What happens to our money?


Elmo 2 years, 10 months ago

@Muffin - it's called "redistribution of wealth", it's been going around for a while now with no end in sight...at least for four years.

They obviously see those of us who are on septic tanks as somehow "cheating" the system, so they make it up via the stormwater thing.

I don't guess they take into account - or care - what it costs to get a septic tank cleaned and pumped these days. Probably a bigger charge that a year's worth of city sewage charges.

But, the liberals goal is to not to clean our septic tanks, but to clean out our wallets in one way or another to buy votes from the riff-raff who decided that society owes them a living.


Clark 2 years, 10 months ago

Elmo, you should know better by now that "Liberals" don't simply want to clean everyone's wallet for their own gains. There are some that do, and there are some Conservatives that do too. The Democrat goal is simply community improvement by focusing on the community. The Republican goal seems to be live for today by trampling anyone who isn't good enough, and let the community die if it helps make the individual richer.


will 2 years, 10 months ago

Elmo, you left out "Forward" please keep up the good work. These were not boulders they were residual residue from the BOC and democrapic headquarters after the so called elections. Remember it runs downhill


Sundance 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you to the workers who had to repair this issue. I know that was a bad day.


firedad 2 years, 10 months ago

Is that why the Men and Women at Fire Station Two had a raw sewage back up in the whole fire station? This is not the first time it had happened either. But these men and women are still having to man this station with sewage running thru the station. The station is covered in mold, roof leaks, not to mention its over 30 years old. However, the BOC expects the folks who live there every thrid day, who responds to any emergency, to suck it up and dont worry about it. Yes its on schedule for a move or a rebuild, in 2015! Wow,is that the best they can do? Where is the Fire Chief in all of this too?


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