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Sewage overflow near Trinity Hospital fixed

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 6:15 PM
Last updated 7:22 PM
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About 4,100 gallons of sewage overflowed near Trinity Hospital on Tuesday.

The spill occurred about 10 a.m. and was fixed by 4:50 p.m. The sewage overflowed from a manhole in Trinity’s rear parking lot and affected water in a storm drain that flows into the Oates Creek Basin.

The cause of the overflow was an accumulation of grease in the sewage collection line, said Russell Thies, the assistant director for distribution and collection at the Augusta Utilities Department. The grease backup was likely caused by a restaurant inside Trinity, he said.

“We’ve had some challenges over there in past recent years,” Thies said.

More than 50 percent of sewage spills are related to grease accumulations, he said. Hot grease poured down a drain solidifies in the sewer system.

No drinking water supplies were affected by the spill, Thies said.

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soapy_725 01/10/13 - 09:55 am
Good to know the drinking water.....

and the sewer system are separate. ARC residence were wondering whether to boil and strain. Now if they can fix the dual use of old storm drain and sanitary sewer pipe systems. Maintenance of systems (opposite of run to failure) is not an ARC priority. There is a device called a grease trap that allows water on the bottom to flow while capturing the grease or oil on the top. Makes one wonder why ARC expects maintenance from the owners of Regency Mall or any other private property? Nice followup to the grease story of the last few days. Leaves had nothing to do with the backup of the drains.

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