Forsyth: Sewage Spills Into Big Creek

27 08 2008
By Jennifer Sami
Business Reporter
jennifersami@forsythnews.com

Between 1,000 and 1,500 gallons of raw sewage entered a tributary of Big Creek during a Friday sewer spill near Gatewater Circle.

Cumming Utilities Department Director Jon Heard said the spill likely was the result of a blockage caused by medicated, cleansing and baby wipes, along with personal hygiene products.

“We would recommend against flushing those wipes down the toilet,” he said. “The material we pulled out that formed the clog was from non-biodegradable wipes being sold in supermarkets.”

The impacted area has been cleaned and lime applied to help reduce the amount of bacteria entering Big Creek, which runs to the Chattahoochee River.

Sewage also affected Big Creek on July 4, when a similar incident occurred.

Though the wipes may be a convenient way to handle a dirty situation, Heard said, they could lead to more cleaning in the end.

“Manufacturers claim they are safe to flush down the commode into the sewer system, but we’re finding that’s not the case, as evidenced by the last sewage spill.”

Blockages also are caused by low-flow toilets, said Heard, who has noticed many of the recent blockages have been from homes built within the past few years.

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