BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA)- Baldwin County Sewer Service (BCSS) is offering a $500 reward to anyone who leads them to a person or people who are proven to be releasing harmful materials into the sewer system. This includes discharging grease or large amounts of grease from septic tank pumping technicians into manholes, in addition to strong chemicals, such as those to produce methamphetamine, which may enter the system by various methods.
BCSS has recently discovered a high level of chemicals at its Lillian wastewater treatment plant that was purposely put into the wastewater system and has the potential to cause major problems in the environment, at the treatment plant and throughout the transportation and treatment process. BCSS is pinpointing exactly which chemicals have made their way to the Lillian plant, and it is suspected to be byproducts of a meth lab.
Through communication with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), we are ensuring these suspected chemicals are not causing problems with treatment at this plant. The latest test results show that levels are still within permit limits, so there is no immediate hazard at this time.
This is the third time the utility has detected a large amount of chemicals at this particular plant, so the utility wants to resolve this issue once and for all.
The Sherriff Department has been very helpful in assisting BCSS with trying to catch violators and put this issue to rest once and for all. Violations can be difficult to track, but BCSS asks that anyone who suspects abusing the system to contact them at (251) 971-3022. The utility will then partner with authorities to investigate every lead.