Image via Berndt Petersen’s Twitter.
Cobb County confirmed to WSB-TV this afternoon that raw sewage is still spilling into the Chattahoochee River. The riverkeeper says the spill is one of the worst to date.
WSB reporter Berndt Petersen tweeted “Anything that’s being flushed down a toilet in Cobb County is spewing into the Chattahoochee River,” along with a video of a violently overflowing manhole.
The county is still working to fix the problem, but stresses drinking water is not affected by the spill, according to the report.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported late last week the county began having issues with untreated wastewater spilling into Nickajack Creek after pumps at a county treatment facility were flooded.
At that time, the county water system hired a contractor to supply additional pumps to clear the South Cobb Water Reclamation Facility, and the county was borrowing pumps from neighboring municipalities, according to the AJC.
CBS46 reported this morning county crews were having issues with the pumps they installed, but seem to have resolved the mechanical issues.
“The challenge right now is to make sure we minimize, as much as possible, any impact on our people and environment,” Boyce told CBS46. “Get the water levels down inside the well to a level where we can start redirecting it, the wastewater, back into the water treatment plant.”