For Immediate Release
Date: January 8, 2013
City of Savannah crews responded to a minor sewage spill at East 65th Street and Abercorn Street, Monday, January 7. The blockage was caused by an overflowing manhole by sewer main blockage which caused an estimated release of 875 gallons of sewage into the storm drainage system. The amount of this spill is classified as a minor spill under State Environmental Protection Division guidelines.
City Water and Sewer crews were notified of the spill at 9:22 a.m. Monday, and the spill was corrected by 9:55a.m. Sewer maintenance crews broke blockage and will evaluate the system to determine cause and plan for rehabilitation. Staff will install a high level wireless alarm to notify of future system surcharges. The storm drainage flows in the storm main were contained but the spill had already made it to the Waters of the State. The sewer / storm water mix was pumped from the storm main.
All agencies required by the State EPD were notified. Spill notification was posted at the site where storm discharged to Casey Canal, at Derenne/Casey Canal, Sallie Mood/Casey Canal and Montgomery Crossroads/Casey Canal and all entities were notified per state requirements.