Heavy rains briefly overwhelm Augusta's sewage system

The storm system that brought much-needed rain to Augusta this week also forced about 400,000 gallons of sewage to overflow into a tributary of Butler Creek, according to the Augusta Utilities Department.

In a public notice required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the department said heavy rains – totaling as much as 5 to 8 inches in some areas Sunday and Monday — caused extremely heavy flows into the city’s Messerly Wastewater Plant.

The resulting overflow into Phinizy Ditch, which empties into Butler Creek and eventually into the Savannah River, totaled about 400,130 gallons, although much of that volume was diluted by the heavy rains.

Corrective actions planned to avoid future recurrences include accelerating the procurement and installation a high-capacity influent pump.

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