Category Archives: Sanitary Sewer Overflow

Sanitary Sewer Overflow on Whitlock Street in Brunswick – November 7, 2019

The Brunswick Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission, operating under NPDES Permit GA0025313 in accordance with DNR Regulation 391-3-6-05 Emergency Actions, hereby make public notification of a wastewater spill that was reported on 11/7/19 at the corner of Whitlock St. and Old Jesup Rd.

Date of Spill: 11/7/19

Time Reported: 8:00 am

Location of Spill:
Storm Ditch
Whitlock & Old Jesup
Brunswick, GA. 31523

Cause of Spill:  Bypass pump malfunction. A clamp connection failed in the storm drain.

Estimated Volume of Discharge: 8,000 Gal.

State Waters Discharged: Brunswick River Basin

Corrective Action Taken: The contractor shut down the bypass and repaired the clamp connection.

Regulatory Compliance: Signs were placed along the immediately affected areas to indicate the presence of a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO). The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified, along with local authorities and the Glynn County Health Department District Environmental Health Manager.

Immediate Results and Investigation: The contractor has 4 Vac-Trucks on site for clean-up and spreading lime on the effective area. The BGJWSC Lab will be taking samples at the spill site in accordance to the EPD regulations.

Contact for Any Additional Information:

Kirk Young, Superintendent
Systems Pumping and Maintenance Division
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission
Phone Number 912-261-7152
Email kyoung@bgjwsc.org

Sanitary Sewer Overflow on Bishop Lane in Brunswick – July 28, 2018

The Brunswick Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission NPDES Permit GA0025313, in accordance with the conditions of this permit and DNR Regulation 391-3-6-05 Emergency Actions, hereby make Public Notification of a wastewater spill that was reported 7/28/2018 at 3:00 PM due a materials failure in the force main piping.

Date of Spill: 7/28/2018

Time Reported: 3:00 p.m.

Location of Spill:   A sanitary sewer pumping station (LS 4028) located at 100 Bishop Lane in Brunswick.

Cause of Spill:   Malfunction of a gasket on the 16 inch bypass force main.

Estimated volume of discharge:  100,000 gallons

State Waters Discharged: Hog Crawl Creek and Hidden Lakes Drainage Lake

Corrective Action Taken:  JWSC personnel bypassed the section of force main with the malfunctioning gasket which let the lift station run in normal operation until repair to the gasket could be made. The JWSC Laboratory will continue to test this area.  The EPD was notified, local authorities and the Glynn County Health Department District Environmental Health Manager will also be notified.

Regulatory Compliance:  Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified, along with local authorities and the Glynn County Health Department Coastal District Environmental Health Manager.

Contact for Any Additional Information:

Kirk Young, Superintendent
Systems Pumping and Maintenance Division
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission
Phone Number 912-261-7152
Email kyoung@bgjwsc.org

Sanitary Sewer Overflow on Parkwood Drive in Brunswick – July 19, 2018

 

The Brunswick Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission NPDES Permit GA0025313, in accordance with the conditions of this permit and DNR Regulation 391-3-6-05 Emergency Actions, hereby make Public Notification of a wastewater spill that was reported 7/19/2018 at 4:30 PM due to debris obstructing the normal flow.

Date of Spill:      7/19/2018

Time Reported: 4:30 p.m.

Location of Spill:   A sanitary sewer manhole (SMH-4WTP0470) at the intersection of Parkwood Drive and N. Cleburn Street.

Cause of Spill:  Debris in gravity main obstructing flow from Sewer Pump Station 4017 force main discharge to sewer gravity main.

Estimated volume of discharge:  400 gallons

State Waters Discharged: Terry Creek

Corrective Action Taken:  Staff observed the event and shut down the station within minutes of the event. Due to heavy rains the untreated sewer which escaped from the manhole mixed with water within the flooded roadway and went down the storm drains. It was not possible to recover the spill. Level within the gravity lines and lift station was carefully maintained below overflow level while the line was cleared of debris. The JWSC laboratory will continue to test this area.

Regulatory Compliance: Signs were not placed along the immediately affected areas to indicate the presence of a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) due to the ongoing rain event. The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified, along with local authorities and the Glynn County Health Department Coastal District Environmental Health Manager.

Contact for Any Additional Information:

Kirk Young, Superintendent
Systems Pumping and Maintenance Division
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission
Phone Number 912-261-7152
Email kyoung@bgjwsc.org

Sanitary Sewer Overflow on Harry Driggers Blvd in Brunswick – July 9, 2018

 

The Brunswick Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission NPDES Permit GA0025313 in accordance with the conditions of this permit and DNR Regulation 391-3-6-05 Emergency Actions, hereby make Public Notification of a wastewater spill that was reported 7/5/2018 at 1:50 PM due to a materials failure in a 12″ ductile iron force main pipe.

Date of Spill: 7/5/18 & 7/9/18

Time Reported: 1:50 PM on 7/5/18

Location of Spill:
Pumping Station 4118 (7/5/18) & 4110 (7/9/18)
549/550 Harry Driggers Blvd
Brunswick, GA 31525

Cause of Spill: Ductile iron pipe force main failure

Estimated Volume of Discharge:  Less than 2,000 gallons. Historical flow estimates at this pumping station and the recorded number of pump cycles following normal operation place the discharge in the area between 1,000 to 2,000 gallons.

State Waters Discharged Into: Altamaha Canal

Corrective Action Taken: JWSC personnel replaced 21 ft of ductile iron force main at 549 Harry Driggers Blvd with C900 PVC pipe. The affected area, which did not exceed 18 to 25 feet in diameter, was washed down following cleanup with vacuum truck and fresh soil replaced contaminated soil. The JWSC laboratory will continue to test water samples taken from this area and will report any results of contamination here.

Regulatory Compliance: Signs were placed along the immediately affected areas to indicate the presence of a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO). The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified, along with local authorities and the Glynn County Health Department Coastal District Environmental Health Manager.

Immediate Results and Investigation: As of 3:00 PM Thursday afternoon, July 5, 2018, pumping station 4118 was functioning properly.

On the afternoon of Monday, July 9, 2018, an additional small leak was discovered by Glynn County personnel at the bypass pump connected to pumping station 4110. This leak resulted in 400 gallons of untreated sewage being collected by staff using a vacuum truck. Approximately 100 gallons was absorbed into the Altamaha Canal and diluted to the point where there was no further benefit from continuing to vacuum up the ground water. Lime was dispersed around the perimeter of the affected area but not within the ground water itself as this would adversely affect the pH of the water and increase the risk of a fish kill.

The pond interior to North Glynn Park is not fed by the Altamaha Canal but flows into the canal when the water table is high enough to allow discharge. No untreated sewage from this event reached the pond. No fish were killed in this event.

Contact for Any Additional Information:

Kirk Young, Superintendent
Systems Pumping and Maintenance Division
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission
Phone Number 912-261-7152
Email kyoung@bgjwsc.org

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This notice is being made available immediately to all local print and radio media to allow for publication and notification. A formal advertisement will be run in the Brunswick News at the next regular printing to satisfy the statutory needs to distribute via a local paper of record.