At about 3:00 p.m. on April 4, an overflow of raw sewage went into Waverly Lake in Albany. An estimated 13,000 gallons of raw sewage was spilled because of a sewer line blockage of debris from nearby sewer piping construction work on the Cox Creek Interceptor. Public Works crews were immediately dispatched, cleared the blockage, and restored flow in the sewer by 4:00 p.m.
The City of Albany will continue to monitor water quality at this location and downstream in Cox Creek. Higher levels of bacteria typically associated with overflows should diminish quickly. Signs have been posted near the site at Waverly Lake and by Cox Creek at Simpson Park warning the public about potential hazards of contact with the water. The public should avoid contact with water in Waverly Lake until warning signs are removed.
The City of Albany is also taking multiple steps to prevent further overflows in the construction area of the complex, multiphase Cox Creek Interceptor project. When complete, this project will provide capacity to reduce overflows.
If you see an overflowing manhole or need to report a spill, please contact Public Works Department Operations at 541-917-7600.