Jefferson City officials said this week that a sewer line that failed and was overflowing into Cherokee Lake has since stopped draining.
City Manager John Johnson said Monday the system stopped overflowing on April 15 after more than a month of water pouring out of a manhole off the Boyd Spring branch of Cherokee Lake.
Johnson said city officials are still trying to assess the situation.
“They’re still some areas covered with water,” he said.
Residents complained about the water pouring out of the manhole and city officials said they have had a difficult time assessing the overflow and fixing the problem because of heavy flooding in the area.
Johnson has said in the past that he believes any overflow coming out of the sewer is rainwater and not raw sewage.
Local environmentalists also said two weeks ago they planned to conduct their own testing in the area.
George Proios, president of the Tennessee Cleanwater Network, said they conducted the testing last week and found no fecal matter in the water, but did find high amounts of chloriform.
He said the high amounts of chloriform were probably due to the heavy rainfall that occurred over the region in February that dumped more than a foot of rain over the Lakeway Area.
Proios said it was not surprising that no fecal matter was found.
“Unless you get right by the discharge, the Holston River is carrying it downstream and over the dam,” he said.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said they will be conducting testing at the site of the overflow once water levels normalize. They have not put a timeline on when that testing will be conducted.
The state environmental group did say when a utility experiences an overflow the utility is required by law to test.
Johnson said Monday that there has been testing conducted and the utility will continue to do testing, but don’t have results back.
“They’re in the midst of that,” he said.