County fixes dam­aged pump sys­tem at land­fill

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­

A dam­aged pump sys­tem is now re­paired at the New­ton County Land­fill, af­ter it was dam­aged a few weeks ago and leaked waste in a storm wa­ter pond.

County Man­ager John Mid­dle­ton said the pump sys­tem was dam­aged July 27 when lighting struck the com­mand con­trol sys­tem that op­er­ates the pumps and lift sta­tions. He said that as a re­sult pumps had to be op­er­ated on a man­ual ba­sis 24/7 fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

Mid­dle­ton said Tues­day the pump sys­tem has been fully re­paired and up­graded to a float sys­tem. How­ever, he said while re­pair­ing the pumps they found leachate — any liq­uid that car­ries waste — in the storm wa­ter pond at the land­fill.

“All pumps were checked and eval­u­ated. The con­trol sys­tem has been re­placed,” Mid­dle­ton said. “In the short term, we are uti­liz­ing tankers to aug­ment the pump sys­tem and re­move ad­di­tional leachate and get back to a nor­mal flow level af­ter record­ing 9 inches of rain­fall over a five day peri- od at the land­fill,” Mid­dle­ton said.

He said the county re­ported the leachate dis­charge to the Ge­or­gia En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Division Land Pro­tec­tion and be­gan to clean up the leachate leak.

“The pond was plugged to pre­vent the leachate from

leav­ing the site and en­ter­ing the Yel­low River,” Mid­dle­ton said. Thus far, as test­ing in­di­cates the leachates have been con­tained within the pond. We are cur­rently pump­ing the leachate con­tam­i­nated wa­ter out of the pond and back into the sys­tem for re­moval.”

Mid­dle­ton said the dam­aged pump sys­tem had no im­pact on res­i­dents. He thanked the solid waste staff and EPD for their work on re­pair­ing the sys­tem.

“Our solid waste staff, me­chan­ics and engi­neer­ing con­sul­tants have done an out­stand­ing job re­spond­ing to and manag­ing this sit­u­a­tion for a pos­i­tive out­come,” Mid­dle­ton said. “We cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate the timely re­sponse, sup­port and on­go­ing di­rec­tion pro­vided by Ge­or­gia EPD Land Pro­tec­tion Branch in this ef­fort as well.”

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