Guerneville, California – November 30, 2021 – A ruptured sewer line was discovered at 3 p.m. today at the end of Orchard Avenue in Guerneville and teams from the Russian River County Sanitation District (RRCSD) are on scene to contain the leak and undertake the repair. All RRCSD clients are urged to reduce their water consumption as much as possible during this emergency. Reducing water use will reduce flow rates in the collection system and reduce wastewater discharges.
So far, the sewage discharge has not reached the Russian River. The break is located at the west end of Orchard Avenue, which ends just west of the Vacation Beach lift station. The location is adjacent to the river and less than a mile from the RRCSD processing plant on Neeley Road. A construction contractor was called to the site to undertake emergency repairs to replace the failing pipeline.
Crews will stay on site overnight to contain and dispose of spilled wastewater and to stop further discharges. Vacuum trucks and tankers were dispatched to remove as much wastewater as possible. An assessment of the source of the leak is underway and crews will be excavating the site to uncover the main discharge line, which is buried about 6 feet underground.
The main sewer line is part of the Russian River County Sewerage District (RRCSD) collection and treatment system. The purpose of the sewer back-up line is to carry wastewater from the Vacation Beach lift station to the RRCSD treatment plant located on Neeley Road.
A report was filed with the State Emergency Services Office and the North Coast Water Resources Control Board was notified.
The RRCSD treats an average of 710,000 gallons of wastewater per day generated by 3,215 Equivalent Single Family Homes in Guerneville and surrounding communities. The RRCSD is operated by Sonoma Water.