While the Sacramento Bee is reporting on massive sewage spills in Sacramento, the City of San Diego having their own sewage problems, and as Southern California is expected to get more rain fall, community groups are keeping a watchful eye on wastewater systems. Wastewater systems failed to contain sewage in the Sacramento area, where over 1 million gallons of wastewater was spilled around the area from the period of Jan. 1st through March 2nd. Most of the spills occurred around the areas served by the Sacramento Area Sewer District and the City of Placerville. We are reminded daily that our aging infrastructure needs to be upgraded to not only protect the environment, but to protect lives as well. The Sacramento Bee reports:
The region’s largest spill sent an estimated 582,000 gallons of wastewater from a Placerville sewer main into Hangtown Creek on Feb. 20. Tests conducted by the city revealed E. coli at 85 times higher than acceptable levels in treated wastewater dumped into the creek.
The Sacramento area has seen several sewage spills during this unusually heavy rain season. Water providers that draw water from the American River, one of the waterways affected by the sewage spills, claim that the sewage spills did not have a major impact on drinking water in the area because of dilution. Regardless, this is still a situation that should and must be avoided to keep people and the environment safe. It is still unknown if the Sacramento Area Sewage District, the City of Placerville, and various other agencies will face sanctions for these incidences by the Central Valley Regional Water Board.