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DeKalb County Addresses 2 Recent Sewage Spills

Two weeks ago, nearly 4 million gallons of raw sewage polluted Nancy Creek in Brookhaven.
Two weeks ago, nearly 4 million gallons of raw sewage polluted Nancy Creek in Brookhaven.
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DeKalb County officials say the sewage spill on Snapfinger Creek is far worse than they originally thought.

DeKalb County officials are working to address two major sewage spills in the county during the past couple of weeks.

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County spokesman Andrew Cauthen said permanent repairs are being developed to address last week’s spill of 6.4 million gallons of raw sewage at Snapfinger Creek in Lithonia.

“We’ve stopped the spill, and mitigated the situation, but we’ve got to basically design a new system for that location,” Cauthen said.

Two weeks ago, nearly 4 million gallons of raw sewage polluted Nancy Creek in Brookhaven.  

“In DeKalb County, they have aging sewer infrastructure, which needs to be upgraded and capacity increased in order to keep up with growing populations and sewer demands,” Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth said.

DeKalb officials say they’ll need to design a whole new system for the site of the Lithonia spill, just north of the Snapfinger Wastewater Treatment Plant.

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond directed the county’s Wastewater Management Department to inspect all pipes along Snapfinger and Nancy creeks.

Cauthen says, until now, there hasn’t been a regular inspection program for sewer lines, but there will be from now on.