More than a week after 200,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a South Hall creek, fecal coliform levels in the water have lowered from a height of 5,700 counts per 100 milliliters.
That number made the water in Sherwood Creek unsafe for direct contact, according to Marzieh Shahbazaz, a program manager for municipal compliance with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Counts should not be above 4,000 on any given day for water used for recreation, according to state regulations.
But even that high number is relatively low for a sewage spill of this size, Shahbazaz said. She said heavy rains could have diluted the spill…(Read the full story)