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Water Works says spill won't affect river and surrounding areas

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Two days ago a storm that moved through our area caused a system malfunction at the Rocky Creek water lift station in the Bibb City area of Columbus.
 
This caused millions of gallons of sewage to spill into that waterway, potentially threatening the Chattahoochee River.

Some time ago folks who live in the Bibb City area of Columbus launched a project to clean up their area. Tuesday night's spill at the Rocky Creek lift station has some wondering if that hard work will go down the drain in sewage.
 
Chris Johnson is president of the Bibb Village Neighborhood Association.

"With storms you have no control over storms, lightning," said Chris Johnson, President of the Bibb Village Neighborhood Associatio. "Things are going to happen, so all we can do is put it in the hands of Columbus Water Works.
 
"Let them take care of it, and we just keep on doing what we got to do, don't worry and just handle the problem."

Notes posted around the lift site say more than 2 million gallons of sewage spilled into Rocky Creek. The spill is comparable to four Olympic-sized pools filled with raw sewage.

"We take these very seriously and we act immediately to stop them and get them cleaned up," said William Kent, Manager at Columbus Water Works. "Water quality is paramount importance for us." 

Kent said that large Vacuum Pump trucks were used to remove majority of the spilled sewage. He said folks should not be alarmed because the river was not affected by the spill, neither is drinking water.

"You don't have to worry about drinking water because it's below our drinking water intake," Kent said. "Our intake is up in Lake Oliver."  

Despite the sewage spill, he and others in the community will continue with their efforts to keep Bibb City in good shape. 

"We've been doing it for going on 3 years now, and we've got wonderful people and the whole community has really pitched in," Johnson said. 

Columbus Water Work officials said Rocky Creek is tested daily just to make sure there is no sewage in that waterway. The Chattahoochee River has also been tested and appears to be safe. 

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