Macon Water Authority reports major spill

lmorris@macon.comDecember 31, 2013 

The Macon Water Authority reported Tuesday a major sewage spill on Lower Poplar Street in Macon.

An estimated 736,500 gallons of sewage was discharged between 10 a.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Monday at 1011 Lower Poplar St., according to a news release.

The spill was caused by “mechanical failure of equipment at Lower Poplar Influent pumping station coupled with heavy rainfall (2.53 inches) (led) to hydraulic spill,” the release stated.

Debris was being removed from the area and lime was being used to disinfect it, the release stated. The water upstream and downstream of the spill site will be monitored.

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