The City of Griffin Water and Wastewater Division reported the wastewater flowed between 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., Monday morning. James Fox from the Potato Creek Water Treatment Plant said the spill was untreated wastewater, not sewage, and the cause of the spill was a root in the pipes.
Fox said the spill was stopped, repairs made and the line was back in service that morning. The spill overflowed from Placid Road, near Grantland Road into an unnamed tributary that flows into Ison Branch, which goes into Potato Creek.
The city reported the spill and is following all Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division requirement in regards to evaluating additional repairs that may be needed. The city’s Water and Wastewater Division will be monitoring stream conditions and issue public notices.
The Water and Wastewater Division has a staff of 26 full-time employees who inspect, test and make repairs to the system, which includes 220 miles of sewer lines carrying sewage to four wastewater treatment plants. The staff is trained and certified to address any problems that may lead to sewer overflows and the city has completed four phases of sewer rehabilitation.
The city has cleared, televised and smoke tested all the sewer lines in the city as well as replacing and making may repairs.
The spill was reported by a customer, Fox said. The Water and Wastewater Division would like to ask the public for assistance in reporting any potential sewer overflow or maintenance problems they may see in the city to assure timely response and proper assessment and correction from city staff.
For questions, contact the City of Griffin Water and Wastewater Division at 770-229-6603.