ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The City of Albany is investigating yet another sewage spill.
Sewer Systems Superintendent Jeff Hughes, said a leak in a PVC pipe caused the spill at the Turner Field Golf Course around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The sewage then spilled into a drainage ditch tributary, which does lead into the Flint River.
Hughes said the pipe was about 20 years old, and could have split for a number of reasons, including excess pressure from the recent rains, an influx of storm debris or just age.
Crews have replaced the pipe in this specific well now, and the spill was contained.
But the contamination will need to be monitored carefully.
“We sampled up stream and down stream. We’ll continue to do that once a day for the rest of this week," Hughes said. "Then once a week for the rest of this month. And then we’ll be monitoring quarterly for the next 12 months. Just to make sure there’s no ongoing issues with contamination and pollution.”
Repairing the pipe was a separate project from the more than $1 million lift station repair project the city is already working on.
The city has advised to avoid all contact with the water in the ditch for at least 30 days.