Sewage spill won’t affect lake

Published 7:33 pm Friday, January 4, 2019


Daily News

A sewage spill into the Chattahoochee River from a pump failure at a water treatment plant in an Atlanta suburb will not cause any problems for West Point Lake.

Kevin Chambers, Georgia Environmental Protection Division spokesperson, said because of the distance of the spill from West Point Lake and size of the Chattahoochee River, there is no danger to the Greater Valley Area region.

The spill happened in Cobb County, which didn’t cause any problems of their drinking water either, Cobb County Spokesperson Ross Cavitt said. He said it isn’t clear how much-untreated waste and stormwater has entered the river or when it will be stopped.

A state watershed compliance manager, Lewis Hays, says water leaked into part of the pump that has electrical components and caused it to fail. Cavitt says the pump backup systems also failed. He says authorities won’t know exactly what happened until the facility is cleared of water. The state is investigating the spill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.