More than 2,700 gallons of sewage spilled from a Lawrenceville manhole Wednesday night, entering a nearby waterway, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources said.
The spill at 1575 Riverside Parkway was reported at 8:21 p.m. April 17. Water Resources crews were able to stop the spill by 10:21 p.m. Some of the sewage entered an unnamed tributary of the Yellow River, according to the Department of Water Resources.
The spill was caused by debris from wipes, paper and other products, the department said. “Flushable” wipes often do not properly break down when flushed, accumulating in sewage systems and collecting into blockages that can cause overflows and spills.
The department raked the area and spread lime in order to mitigate the effects of the spill. Signs were posted to alert residents to the spill and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division was notified. Exposure to raw sewage generally poses the risk of diseases and infections including gastro-enteritis and E. coli.
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