Last week while most DeKalb residents were stuck at home because of the winter storm, county workers were called out to deal with a 20,000-gallon sewer spill.
The spill, which occurred Jan. 11 on North Hairston Road in the Mountain Crest apartment complex, was caused by grease blocking an eight-inch line which then forced a manhole cover to overflow. The spill entered Snapfinger Creek, according to county records.
Four days earlier on Jan. 7, nearly 165,000 gallons of sewage entered Camp Creek from a spill on Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker. Again, the cause was grease blocking a pipe causing a manhole to overflow. It took county workers nearly 48 hours to contain the spill.
Other spills include:
• A 38,220-gallon spill on Jan. 13. The spill, on the 1500 block of Biltmore Dr., entered Peachtree Creek and was caused by grease.
• A 1,200-gallon spill on Briarbridge Circle in Tucker on Jan. 9, caused by grease and roots.
• A Jan. 7 spill on Ripplewater Drive in Atlanta. This 5,125-gallon spill was caused by a piece of broken pipe obstructing the sewage from flowing. Workers had to pump sewage from one manhole to another one to stop the spill from entering the Entrenchment Creek tributary.
• A 1,240-gallon spill that entered Nancy Creek on Jan.7. The spill occurred on Binghamton Drive in Dunwoody and was caused by roots.
So far this month, more than 239,220 gallons of sewage have spilled into area creeks.
Last month, DeKalb County agreed to pay a $453,000 penalty from the federal Environmental Protection Agency after having nearly 850 sewage spills from 2006-10. The county also consented to implement a $600,000 stream cleanup project.
Additionally, the county’s Board of Commissioners approved $1.345 billion in improvements to DeKalb’s water and sewer system, which will be financed by an 11-percent rate hike each year from 2012-14.