Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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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.