MWA: 250,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Lake Tobesofkee

mstucka@macon.comFebruary 17, 2014 

An electrical problem caused about a quarter-million gallons of sewage to spill into Lake Tobesofkee last week, the Macon Water Authority said in a statement Monday.

The agency estimates that 249,510 gallons of sewage spilled into the lake after a circuit breaker tripped around the 2400 block of Grand Harbor Court in the Glen Echo subdivision. The tripped circuit breaker caused the level controller to stop functioning, which shut down the pumps. Heavy rains -- some 2.58 inches in two days -- also contributed to the spill, the organization said.

Maintenance workers are installing separate circuit breakers for the level controller and the dehumidifier, and they’re adding other upgrades. Separately, Macon Water Authority said it’s rehabilitating sewer mains and manholes around Lake Tobesofkee this year, which will reduce the amount of rainwater going into the system.

The spill began around 6:43 a.m. Wednesday and ended at 5:52 a.m. Friday.

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