Leaky sewer pond to be abandoned

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor


The sewer pond that leaked thousands of gallons of effluent into Wolf Creek this summer will be abandoned.

Chief operator Jim Hamblin reported this to directors of the Indian Valley Community Services District Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The first tests of Wolf Creek showed higher fecal contamination levels below the ponds than above, and additional tests are being made throughout the surrounding area near the sewer ponds.

Four different samplings over time are being taken, with the last tests due in early November.

State water quality control agents toured the Greenville sewer ponds in September, including the area where a passerby detected the leak in July.

In their report, they asked for the pond not to be used again, so Hamblin has created a plan to bypass that pond completely.

A nearby resident wondered if rainwater would carry even more contamination through the leak into the creek.

Hamblin didn’t think it would be much, if so, though he did acknowledge the possibility.

As reported previously, health concerns were allayed somewhat when Indian Valley Medical Clinic manager John Evans said there had been no spike or significant change in the number of episodes of stomach disorders this summer.

Exposure to fecal contaminated water could cause a number of illnesses, according to nurse Amanda Higgins of the Plumas County health Agency, some serious, and most of which include digestive upsets, like diarrhea, nausea, cramps and vomiting.

Another update will be published after the testing information is released to the public.

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