Valdosta (and other) Wastewater

Water Reporter

We are starting to put spills and water quality testing data into waterreporter.org. Some data already appears on this map in Water Reporter.

Meanwhile, next door

Both Florida and Alabama already post spill reports on the their websites the same day they get them, plus you can sign up for email alerts. The great state of Georgia says it plans to do this, maybe by 2020.

Permits

Big Georgia wastewater permits in the Suwannee River Basin.

After Irma

During Tropical Storm Irma

Sewage spills: not just from Valdosta, especially during and after Tropical Storm Irma.

Valdosta

Valdosta is ahead of schedule on spending upwards of $300 million to fix their overflows, expecting already finished New WWTP, 30.8200920, -83.3564490 with the two biggest pieces, the force main and the new, uphill, Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment plant, to start up in May 2016 in June 2016. Yet spills occasionally still happen and some questions still have not been answered.

The Valdosta wastewater situation is one of the reasons WWALS was founded. Everyone downstream knows

Update 2018-04-15: Things have changed over the years. Valdosta for more than a year since January 2017 has spilled the least of Georgia wastewater facilities in the Suwannee River Basin. Note boldface additions below We are watching them all: Tifton, Quitman, Adel, Lowndes County, Valdosta, and others, and also Florida.

heavy rains upstream used to cause Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment plant to overflow, and heavy rains on Valdosta used tocause sewage to come out of manholes into neighborhoods and downstream into Sugar Creek, then the Withlacoochee River, and then the Suwannee River, famous all the way to the Gulf.

Not enough people know Valdosta is spending around $300 million to fix these problems. WWALS helps get the word out about that, while continuing to follow up on unresolved questions, such as what about leaks on the east and south sides of Valdosta, which go into the Alapaha River watershed?

The very first speaker at a WWALS board meeting after incorporation was Emily Davenport, then Stormwater Manager for the City of Valdosta, assisted by Angela Bray, then of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC). Emily is now Assistant Director of Engineering for Valdosta, and Angela is now the Valdosta Stormwater Manager.

The most recent posts can be found by searching for Valdosta wastewater. Here are some of the most important posts.

Before Irma

While Valdosta is ahead of schedule fixing the problems, some of those hanging questions are still hanging.