Vandals who apparently used rocks to smash an exposed wastewater pipe caused more than 18,000 gallons of sewage to flow into a tributary of Butler Creek, according to the Augusta Utilities Department.
The New Years Day spill occurred about 8:30 a.m. along a creek behind a residence on White Sand Drive. Crews dispatched to the area found that an exposed pipe at a creek crossing had been broken. The breach was repaired by 2:30 p.m.
It appeared they had hit it with large rocks until the pipe was broken, said Allen Saxon, the departments assistant director.