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Valdosta wastewater plant has another major spill

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Officials at the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant say the facility has sustained what they are calling a major spill out of their property.

It happened July 25th and 26th. This is the second spill reported by the plant in two weeks. Officials are blaming the spill on heavy rains.

According to a release, the plant discharged a five-day Biochemical Oxygen Demand, also known as BOD5, in excess of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.

This resulted in 1.5 times the weekly average that is allowed by the permit, constituting a "major spill."

Officials note there was no discharge of raw sewage into local waterways.

BOD is the amount of oxygen required to decompose the organic matter in sewage water and is an important part of the wastewater treatment process.  The BOD5 analysis requires five days of incubation; therefore, the results were not immediately available.

Two manhole overflows were also reported on July 31, spilling an estimated total of 4,000 gallons. Those incidents are still under investigation.

According to a release, the city's contractor is expected to be on site early next week to implement seven projects that, once in place, will help keep the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant in compliance with the NPDES permit until the relocation of the plant is complete.

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