The first spill occurred Dec. 25, near Pettit Creek Farm around noon. The county’s on-call team arrived to find a manhole was overflowing, according to the county report. The team determined the problem was a grease blockage in the sewer main and they used the jet truck to dislodge the grease plug and clear out the main. A pumping truck also was on scene to vacuum as much spillage as possible. The report stated approximately 2,500 gallons were collected. Lime also was applied to the affected area as cleanup.
On Dec. 26 at approximately 1:15 p.m. a second spill was reported near the Bank of the Ozarks on U.S. Highway 41 in Cartersville. As with the other spill, the on-call team determined grease was blocking the sewer main. Again, the jet truck cleared the line, the spillage was vacuumed and lime was applied at the scene. According to the report, 8,100 gallons were collected.
BCWD Director Gene Camp said both spills were handled in less than an hour.
Camp added that the county has a fat, oil and grease ordinance requiring restaurants to pump their grease traps on a regular basis. In light of these two incidents happening back-to-back, the county will being inspecting businesses to ensure grease traps are being pumped on a regular basis.
According to Camp, these were the first county sewer spills in roughly a year.