Valdosta Clears Grease Blockage in Sewer Main

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Posted at 9:45 PM, Oct 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-06 17:52:19-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - The City of Valdosta says they have cleared a grease-blocked sewer main that impacted the area over the weekend. Meanwhile, crews are now inspecting grease traps in several nearby restaurants to determine the source of the grease blockage and to reinforce the city's Fat Oils and Grease (FOG) ordinance.

According to Sementha Mathews, City of Valdosta spokesperson, on Friday, Oct. 3, at approximately 9 p.m., a local plumber called the Valdosta Utilities Department crew after the plumber said his customer's slow-flowing toilet, located in the 2400 block of Bemiss Road, was caused by a blockage in the city's sewer main. Crews quickly flushed nearby manholes that were downstream of the home, where they say a large amount of grease and debris came out, allowing the system to return to normal.

Later Saturday, crews discovered a small spill that had occurred on the homeowner's property, and about 300 gallons of waste water from the sewer line overflowed from the property into Two Mile Branch. According to Mathews, the property and affected creek area were cleaned and disinfected Saturday and the incident has been reported to the Environmental Protection Division. In addition, Mathews states that signs have been placed letting the public know to avoid water at Two Mile Branch for the next several days.

For more information, contact Environmental Manager John Waite at (229) 259-3592 or at