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Wastewater spilled near Lake Lanier following heavy rains
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About 10,000 gallons of diluted wastewater spilled in the area of Honeysuckle Lane and entered Lake Lanier on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. - photo by Scott Rogers

About 10,000 gallons of diluted wastewater spilled in the area of Honeysuckle Lane and entered Lake Lanier on Thursday.

At about 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6, the city of Gainesville detected high sanitary flow levels in the sewer mains leading to Linwood Water Reclamation Facility, according to a city news release sent Friday, Feb. 7. Gainesville Water Resources was alerted by a high-level alarm in a lift station, as well as an alarm from a surcharging manhole near Honeysuckle Lane. City crews discovered three overflowing manholes when they responded to the area.

Recent rainfall had saturated the ground, allowing water to enter the sanitary sewer mains, bringing the mains above their normal capacity and causing the overflow.

Crews used all three of the city’s wastewater vacuum trucks and also brought in a private contractor. Two overflowing manholes were fixed by 1:30 p.m., and the final overflow stopped at 5:22 p.m. 

The spill area was assessed, and no dead or stressed aquatic life was found, according to the news release. On-site water quality testing of the overflowing water showed all parameters as normal.

Signs were posted in the area as required by the state of Georgia, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division was notified late Thursday afternoon. 

Compiled from city of Gainesville press release

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