Valdosta city officials say they're responding to a major sewage spill in the Withlachoochee River. Valdosta city officials say recent heavy rainfall may have caused sewage to be discharged from the Withlachoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Authorities shut down a south Georgia wastewater treatment plant as a river flooded critical buildings and structures. Valdosta city officials said power at the plant was shut down Thursday to prevent further damage to equipment and control systems.
Georgia taxpayers are paying some of the costliest penalties for water pollution. An analysis of state data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that local agencies in metro Atlanta paid nearly $6 million in fines over the past dozen years for sewage spills and wastewater overflows into rivers and creeks.