Heavy Rains Result in Wastewater Spill

Heavy rains are being blamed for a wastewater spill at 12:00am today at the Flat Creek Water Reclamation Facility on Old Flowery Branch Road.  The rain caused excessive infiltration into the sewer collection system, basically overwhelming the pumping capabilities.  Six inches of rain was reported at the facility in less than 24 hours.  Public utilities staff estimated between 1-1.5 million gallons of partially treated wastewater bypassed the final treatment process and discharged into Flat Creek.  Personnel regained control of the treatment plant and returned to normal operations at around 3:00am.

Environmental Compliance staff began the required monitoring protocol early Tuesday morning by posting signs and monitoring the spill site.  Hall County Environmental Health, Army Corps of Engineers and Georgia E.P.D. were all contacted.

Contact: Horace Gee, Environmental Services Administrator, at (770) 532-7462 or (404) 717-8501.