Sewage spill causes no damage |

Sewage spill causes no damage

A 1,200 gallon raw sewage spill in Grass Valley Sunday was cleaned up quickly and did not cause any known damage according to a city public works official.

Deputy Director Rick Beckley this morning said the spill from the Joyce Drive Lift Station at Whiting Street in southern Grass Valley went into Little Wolf Creek and then Wolf Creek over a 30-minute period. He said the spill was caused when an air line on the effluent level control broke, allowing the sewage to overflow undetected and spill onto the ground and into the creek.

A back-up float level system eventually detected the effluent rise in the station and caused alarms to go off at the site and at the city’s wastewater treatment plant about 11:40 a.m. Beckley said. A city crew disinfected the land area the spill flowed onto and got the plant back on line.

The city did not treat the effluent that went into the creeks because, “there was no way to find it,” by the time crew members arrived on the scene, Beckley said.

E-mail and phone calls were made to area residents and postings were made at the site of the spill and at the low water bridge over Wolf Creek on Allison Ranch Road south of the city.

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