Braselton town officials reported a sewage spill of more than 40,000 gallons into a waterway on Friday (July 16).
According to a public notice, an estimated 42,577 gallons were discharged into Duncan Creek along Hwy. 211 near a bridge north of Tuscany Drive.
Braselton wastewater superintendent Hubert Day said all flow was stopped within 30 minutes of notification and pumped into another station. The pipeline was repaired within five hours of the spill being reported, and lime was spread on the affected area.
Day said the cause of the spill was a slit at the bottom of the pipe, which was laid on rock.
Water samples, both upstream and downstream, from the spill location will be taken for the next year. Initial findings have revealed no impact on the stream, according to Day. He said “numbers are close to the same up and below contact area.”
According to Day, the system has had no spills over the last several years that have reached waterways.