Tuscaloosa working to address sewage spill spike

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Officials in Tuscaloosa say they're working to address sewage spills that seem to be happening more frequently because of heavy rain, broken sewer lines and malfunctioning pumping stations.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1452aRR) a Water and Sewer Department report earlier this week said 1.3 million gallons of sewage has spilled in the first part of 2013. The figure is more than 13 times higher than the total amount of sewage that spilled in the area last year.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper director Charles Scribner says the amount is unacceptable, given the city's growth and development along the riverfront.

Water and Sewer Department assets manager Jarrod Milligan says some of the problems should be addressed when the department finishes a rehabilitation project at one of its lift stations this month.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com



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