Sewage spill reported in Gainesville

The Gainesville Department of Water Resources reports what it says is a “minor” sewage spill. The Georgia EPD has been notified.

From the Gainesville city government website…

The Gainesville Department of Water Resources confirmed today a minor sewer discharge in the area of Foothills Parkway.

At approximately 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, the city was notified of a sewer discharge below 100 Foothills Parkway. City crews responded to the area where they found evidence of a discharge near an open manhole.

Investigation into the matter revealed a private party had discovered and removed the blockage, allowing flow to return to normal. City crews learned the blockage was caused by an accumulation of grease, which had resulted in an overflow earlier in the day. It was determined an estimated 1,800 gallons of wastewater spilled within the area, with some residue entering Limestone Creek.

City staff removed remnants of the discharge and applied lime to the area. Limestone Creek was assessed and no dead or stressed aquatic life was found.

The area was posted as required by the state of Georgia. After cleanup, all conditions returned to normal. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division was notified Wednesday evening.

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