After six months of being notified, MSD finally repaired a sewage spill that was pushing out thousands of gallons of waste per day. That’s after a television station embarrassed them.
How does the paper headline the story? Like this:
Goose Creek sewage spill stopped by MSD
And then said a mere 7,000 gallons had leaked:
Brian Bingham, a senior engineer a MSD, said about 7,000 gallons spilled from an eight-inch sewer line before the spill was stopped at 3:12 p.m. MSD reported that the discharge began about 12:35 p.m.
What’s the real story that was severely watered down by the paper?
The Metropolitan Sewer District stopped a major sewage spill in Little Goose Creek on Tuesday afternoon, yet the agency does not know how long a sewer line obstruction has been diverting 15,000 gallons of waste water per day into the creek.
“This is a sanitary sewer, it’s overflowing,” said MSD’s Brian Bingham at the site of the overflowing sewer cap off US-42 near I-71. “It looks like it’s been overflowing for a while.”
Doug Ware of Louisville said he first discovered the spill while on a hike in November and reported it to MSD.
“They told me they were going to come out a few times, and they’ve never been out here,” Ware said.
MSD said it can’t find any record of Ware contacting them. As soon as WHAS11 called, MSD immediately showed up, but couldn’t find the spill until a reporter led them to it.’
Bingham estimates the spill has been dumping 15,000 gallons of waste water into the creek per day, yet said it was nearly impossible to determine if the spill has been active for days, weeks or months.
If Ware’s memory is correct, six months of a spill would equal more than two and a half million gallons of waste water in the creek since November.
Yep, just a little whitewashing of the story by conveniently neglecting to include all of that information and by just publishing the MSD spin. Oops.
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