Herb Creek water quality being monitored after sewer main leak

(United States Department of Agriculture/ MGN)

A sewer manhole overflowed into a storm drain entering Herb Creek on Saturday, according to a press release from the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.

The board said local residents alerted the county to the situation, which was then investigated by Chatham Utility Management, LLC, a contractor for the county.

They determined the overflow was caused by a blockage in a sewer main and estimated the spill to be up to 94,400 gallons.

The blockage has been cleared and repairs were made the following day.

The Chatham County Health Department and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division continue to monitor the water quality in Herb Creek.

The board recommends that residents avoid swimming or fishing in the creek until further notice.

If you have specific questions regarding potential environmental impacts, please contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, or the Chatham County Health Department. Points of contact for Chatham County Public Works are Bert Matthews at, and Robert Drewry or (912)652-6842, or Chatham Utility Management, the County’s contractor for operations, at (912) 352-9339.