by: Aaron Diamant Updated:
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - The Clayton County Water Authority faces another big state fine after raw sewage leaked into local creeks.
A proposed state order follows a recent string of nearly two dozen sewage spills that could cost customers $15,000, while Panther Creek is still recovering from yet another raw sewage spill.
Four leaks since last October have sent thousands of gallons of sewage into the creek. The latest one in April was upstream of several neighborhoods and a playground.
"You never know. Somebody might get sick," McAllister said.
Nearly two dozen sewage spills over the last year into several
"It does sound like a lot, and we're not happy about it," said Clayton County Water Authority General Manager P. Michael Thomas. "We're going to do everything we can to minimize (the leaks)."
Thomas blamed those leaks on tree roots and grease buildup in the pipes.
"It's something that we're constantly battling," Thomas said.
Meanwhile, Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant dug through state records and found the Water Authority has already paid more than $300,000 in fines for sewage
"The money that's getting spent on the fines should be used to fix the problem that the fines are being caused by," said customer Josh Beckhom.
Thomas says the
"We're putting every effort we can into trying to make sure we have none, but that may not be practical," admitted Thomas.
Thomas said a team of inspectors