Valdosta reports another sewer leak

Valdosta reports another sewer leak
Henry Hicks
Henry Hicks

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta's Utilities Director, Henry Hicks, said Wednesday the fact that the city only had one sewer issue with all of the recent rain is a positive sign.

Tuesday, a utility crew found a sewer pipe near the 1400 block of Gornto Road that had been cracked and was leaking. Crews worked quickly to stop the leak, but about 36,000 gallons of wastewater was discharged into Sugar Creek.

"That said," Hicks stated, "the rains came in bands, it wasn't continuous. The ground was extremely dry, so it got to soak a lot of that water up until just yesterday when the ground became saturated again. Rivers were real low, so there were a lot of good things that helped us on this. But, I think some of the work that we've been doing is really a positive."

The cracked pipe is part of the city's next round of scheduled Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) lining. Bids for this CIPP lining project will be received on Dec. 17, 2014. Hicks said weather permitting, the repairs are expected to be completed by the end of February.

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