Waste Water Spill Clean-Up
It was a leak that began Friday night and trickled into Saturday.
A broken water pipe has contaminated the Hogtown and Possum creeks in Gainesville.
A GRU crew member discovered a waste water spill in a neighborhood around the 34th Street wall three nights ago.
The smelly aftermath lasted for a few hours... after taking two days to repair.
A broken water pipe in the woods leaked 400 thousand gallons of sewage into the Hogtown Creek.
Gainesville Regional Utilities repaired the the sewer line and re-directed water into a second avenue from the spill…
"We had releases at a number of places in north west gainesville. either into possum creek or hogtown creek," said Assistant General Manager at GRU, David Richardson.
The leak that started from a failed joint on a main line was repaired at 9:00 P.M. on Saturday night.
GRU says the line that broke was a portion of the system that is relatively new.
"We want to make sure that waste water doesn't doesn't go into homes and businesses and we want to make sure that we protect public health and safety," said Richardson.
Signs warning contamination are posted at the two creeks and will remain in place until samples confirm that water is no longer impacted.
GRU expects results within three to five days.
In the meantime, 30 homes surrounding hogtown creek will have to boil water until it's safe to drink again
GRU continues to monitor the creeks… and residents in surrounding areas are still asked to avoid contact with them until further notice.
"Our environmental health staff responded and went door to door to the affected areas where we know that there are private wells," said Paul Meyers with the Alachua County Health Department.
Meyers says private wells were a big concern… leaks have happened in the past and wells have been tainted with bacteria.
GRU is working alongside the alachua county health department and the florida department of environmental protection.
"We'll collectively monitor those streams and when they return to normal, we'll remove our signs," said Richardson