Concerned about sewer spill |

Concerned about sewer spill

According to The Union, there has been another raw sewage spill from a broken underground pipe.

About 150 gallons of raw sewage flowed about12 feet into a storm drain that empties into Lake Wildwood.

Mr. David Presta, a Nevada County environmental specialist working for the Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation, states that he doesn’t believe this spill causes any health risk and that heavy rains may have diluted the raw sewage.

Most passenger automobiles have a storage capacity of 20 gallons of fuel. If seven automobiles ran into each other and each of their fuel tanks were full and were punctured in the collision, a total of 140 gallons of fuel would be dumped on the street. This would be 10 gallons less than the amount of raw sewage spilled in this instance.

In such a collision, the state highway department would seal off the area, bring an absorbent agent to spread around the site, would provide equipment to dig up any contaminated soil, and load it and the absorbent material onto a truck and haul it to a designated dumping area. The fuel would not be allowed to flow into Lake Wildwood.

It is possible that the sewage collection systems in Nevada County are in poor condition and should be corrected so that the danger to the health of the Nevada County residents and their children is eliminated.

Charles Heinkel

Nevada City

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