City of Griffin Public Works Director Brant Keller said the spill occurred “in back of Southern States, across from the old Spruce’s (barbecue restaurant).”
The spill in the area of Meriwether Street and Everee Inn Road ran off into an unnamed tributary that flows into Ison Branch, according to the City of Griffin Water & Wastewater Division. Keller said a build-up of grease and rags broke free and caused a blockage down the line.
This is the second spill in a week. The other was caused by rags in a line on Grandview Drive on the other side of town. In that spill, 600 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed from a manhole on Grandview Drive Dec. 28, between 4:15 and 4:45 p.m.
The city’s Water & Wastewater Division is following all Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division requirements regarding the spills, including public notification, evaluating needed additional repairs and monitoring nearby stream conditions.
The Water & Wastewater Division has 26 full-time employees who inspect, test and make repairs to the system, which includes 220 miles of sewer lines carrying sewage to four treatment plants. The city has cleared, televised and smoke-tested all the city sewer lines and made many repairs.
The city is asking residents for assistance in reporting any potential sewer overflow or maintenance problems, to assure a timely response and proper assessment and correction from city staff. For more information or to report a problem, call 770-229-6603.