Sacramento’s Heavy Rain and Unstable Pipeline Cause Sewer Overflow

The city of Sacramento has experienced record rainfall within the last several months. This has led to unfortunate sewer overflow within the Sacramento-area wastewater systems.  The local waterways took the brunt of the complications from the spill.  The waterway which was primarily affected is Hangtown Creek, flowing into the American River. The overflow had environmental ramifications due to contaminants; which were recently found in the creek. The polluted sections of the creeks are rural, and mostly without nearby development. The pipeline running along Hangtown Creek carries sewage from homes and businesses to the city’s treatment plant. The overflow also occurred from holes in the pipeline which allowed a large amount of water to infiltrate the system. Subsequently, causing a mixture of sewage and stormwater to pour into the Creek. In an effort to prevent the storm water from entering the creek, the city attempted to set up massive pumps and trucks to transport excess water to other nearby wastewater plants. Sewer improvements are underway, with more in the planning phase. Hangtown Creek is located in Placerville, approximately 44 miles east of Sacramento. The town has a rich history in mining and is home to many historic buildings. It was officially incorporated as a town in May of 1854. At that time, it was the third largest town in California. One of the historical markers is in downtown Placerville on the northeast corner of Bedford and Main Streets.

Sacramento, did you attend last year’s Creek Week event? If not, or even if you did, it’s happening again on April 29th so save the date!  It’s a day to volunteer and clean up the environment. Remember to bring a bucket or re-use shopping bags to collect trash. It’s an area-wide community event and a fun activity for family and friends.


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