It's a disgusting problem that just keeps happening. Twice in the last couple of weeks, sewage spills in Valdosta dumped a total of 15 million gallons of sewage into the Withlacoochee River.
And that's nothing compared to the amount spilled during major flooding earlier this year and back in 2009.
The problem is the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant. It's outdated, and it's in a flood plain. It's easily overwhelmed by heavy rain.
A plan to replace it was delayed when voters in Lowndes County defeated an extension of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax last year. SPLOST will come up for another vote in November.
The plant HAS to be replaced. If voters reject the tax, the city will have to go into debt to borrow tens of millions of dollars to get the job done.
People in Lowndes County should vote "yes" on the sales tax referendum, and city leaders should leave no stone unturned to try to find ways to minimize sewage spills until a new plant goes on line.