About 5,000 gallons of gray water – wastewater from washing machines, sinks and kitchen appliances – may have leaked after a sewer spill in south Forsyth.
At about 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, a pump crew arrived at pump station on Mountclaire Drive, in the Longlake Subdivision, for routine maintenance and found standing water at the site, though “the pumps were not running and water was not escaping at the time.”
The crew diverted the flow from the pump station.
The cause of the leak was a failed gasket on a six-inch valve on the force main. The valve was replaced before returning flow to the station.
The crew had last been to the site on Monday, March 26, and no leak was observed at that time.
It is estimated that about 5,000 gallons may have escaped with about 4,000 gallons possibly reaching nearby James Creek.
The area was treated with lime. Signs were also posted in the area.
Officials with Forsyth County’s Water and Sewer Department are required to notify media in the event of a spill.