Overflow halted at South Cobb Water Reclamation Facility

Chattahoochee River in article about overflow halted at the South Cobb WRFChattahoochee River looking south from 78/278 bridge (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The county website posted an update on the failure at the South Cobb Water Reclamation Facility today.  The overflow has been halted by the installation of the second pump brought in to get the facility back online.  A third pump will now be installed.  These pumps are a temporary fix, and the cause of the failure has not yet been determined.

Here is the complete announcement from Ross Cavitt, the county’s communications director:

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.


2 Comments on "Overflow halted at South Cobb Water Reclamation Facility"

  1. Craig Kootsillas | January 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm | Reply

    Will there be any fines as a result of this spill?

  2. Media is reporting the months long Cobb County uncontrolled discharge of untreated sewage into Nickajack Creek that ended up in the Chattahoochee has now stopped. Tests of the water in the Chattahoochee below the Creek, shows fecal matter is below levels of concern.
    The shutdown prevented the sediment in the Nickajack from being tested for fecal and other dangerous matter that may have been retained. The continued risk to human health is not known.

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