DeKalb reports major sewage spill

February 2011, Vol. 66 No. 2

In Georgia’s DeKalb County, officials say 12,600 gallons of raw sewage spilled near Emory University on Jan. 16.

A sewer pipe under Hancock Drive burst, spilling the untreated sewage into Peachtree Creek behind the college campus, according to DeKalb watershed management records.

In December 2010, the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a consent decree, mandating DeKalb do $700 million in sewer upgrades. The county has reported more than 800 raw sewage spills in five years.