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New sewer spill discovered in Valdosta

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The gray sewage leaking from the sewer pipes spills into the water in Dukes Bay Canal The gray sewage leaking from the sewer pipes spills into the water in Dukes Bay Canal
Debris from the leaking sewer pipe floats in the water near the leaking pipe Debris from the leaking sewer pipe floats in the water near the leaking pipe
Crews were on site early Thursday morning to survey the leak Crews were on site early Thursday morning to survey the leak
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A sewer pipe leak near Dukes Bay Canal off of Gil Harbin Industrial Boulevard was discovered Wednesday afternoon.

Crews inspected it first thing Thursday morning. Last year, the city replaced a leaking pipe in the area, but this latest leak is in a different pipe.

"The city of Valdosta had an incident out there in March of 2013, however this particular incident is not related to that. It's not a refix, it's actually a new incident altogether," said Sementha Matthews, Valdosta's Public Information Officer.

More than 24 hours after the leak was discovered the pipe was still leaking. At the site, you can see toilet paper and other various debris that has leaked out of the pipe along with the raw sewage.

Thursday night, city council is expected to take a big step toward preventing leaks like this by approving a loan that will pay for the new force main project and new waste water treatment plant.

"The city of Valdosta applied for a clean water state revolving fund, which is administered by GEFA. It's a low interest rate loan that allows the city to proceed with it's projects, the force main and the other projects, to eliminate the issues we're having now," Matthews explained.

Matthews also emphasized that this latest spill, while an issue for the city, will most likely not contaminate water down stream in Florida as other leaks have in the past.

"We're pretty confident that this incident will be contained in our area; it will have little to no impact to Floridians down stream from us."

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