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Second Temporary Pump Activated at South Cobb Tunnel Site, Overflows Halted

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South Cobb Water Reclamation Facility
January 9, 2019

Second Temporary Pump Activated at South Cobb Tunnel Site, Overflows Halted
Third pump's installation still planned as the investigation into flooded pump station to begin

Austell -- The second large temporary pump is now operating near the South Cobb Water Reclamation Facility, relieving pressure on the South Cobb Tunnel.  Crews on the scene report this has stopped the overflows into the nearby Nickajack Creek.  

Despite the progress, crews plan on installing a third pump into the access well to continue drawing water out of the system.  A still unknown failure New Year's Eve led to a rush of water into a pump station that took out both the main and backup pump system.  Cobb Water System officials will not be able to investigate the failure until they clear the water out of the pump station.  We don't know how long that will take.

Water System officials have been working with the state Environmental Protection Division during the incident.   This system is not related to Cobb County's drinking water.  The South Cobb facility is one of four wastewater treatment plants that serve the county, primarily dealing with wastewater and runoff from the Austell area and parts of southern Cobb County.
 

Press Contact Info

Ross Cavitt | Cobb County Communications | [email protected]
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