By Ariel Cochran

DECATUR, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tennessee riverkeeper recently announced plans to sue Decatur Utilities for what they say are violations of the Clean Water Act

Tennessee Riverkeeper Founder David Whiteside says sewage overflows are happening too often. This year, he says there have been 50 sewage overflows into waterways which translates to over 6.4 million gallons of untreated sewage. Whiteside says there have been 245 overflow violations since April 2014 as reported by Decatur Utilities.

David Whiteside, Tennesee Riverkeeper, “This is a common problem, but unfortunately, the city of Decatur has far more violations per volume than most of the other wastewater treatment plants we’re looking at.

Whiteside adds that communication is the number one way to protect public health — and that local officials are doing a good job of alerting the public to overflows.

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