For Immediate Release
Date: February 28, 2014
City of Savannah crews responded to a minor sewage spill at 405 Montclair Boulevard, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The spill was the result of a grease blockage in an 8-inch diameter gravity sewer main at San Fernando that caused the collection system to surcharge which caused a private sewer lateral to release sewage from where it was cracked under the storm drainage ditch. The total volume discharged was 355 gallons. The amount of this spill is classified as a minor spill under State Environmental Protection Division guidelines.
City Water and Sewer crews were notified of the spill at 11:29 a.m. and the spill was corrected at 12:40 p.m. The blockage was cleared and the mix of contaminated and drainage water was pumped from the canal and back into the sewer collection system. The ditch is being mitigated and the private lateral is scheduled for repair tomorrow. The spill was contained in the ditch, but the release did make it to the Wilshire Canal. The ditch was flushed and lime was placed on the affected area. Spill notifications were put at 207 San Fernando and Wilshire Canal at White Bluff.
All agencies required by the State EPD were notified.