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Undetected Sewage Spill

Mobile, AL: (Feb-18-08) Mobile Baykeeper, a Mobile-based environmental group, brought charges against the Prichard Water Works and Sewer Board, over a massive sewage spill in 2003 that went undetected for months. Records show that Baykeeper, then known as Mobile Bay Watch, sued in 2004 after the water board disclosed that a cracked pipe had been pouring tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage over five months into a wooded area between Whistler Street and Rebel Road.

The parties reached a settlement in the suit, with the Prichard Water Works and Sewer Board agreeing to pay $70,000 in legal fees to Mobile Baykeeper and extend requirements spelled out for the utility in an agreement with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Under the terms of the deal, the utility will continue a weekly water quality monitoring program at six spots along Eight Mile Creek and add dissolved oxygen to the sampling, which provides a backup method of detecting harmful bacteria in the water. Sources stated that the utility has spent $17 million to upgrade its two treatment plants, identify and repair leaky pipes and remove grease that clogged the system. [PRESS REGISTER: SEWAGE SPILL]

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Published on Feb-20-08


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