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Builder breaks sewer line in Dacula-area subdivision

LAWRENCEVILLE - A home builder working on a new subdivision in the Dacula area gashed a pipeline Friday, causing 6,000 gallons of sewage to spill into the Little Mulberry River.

The damage was done by a backhoe that was grading a new house pad in the Huntsfield subdivision, which is under construction near Jim Moore Road, according to a notice issued Tuesday by the county Public Utilities Department.

Public Utilities patched the 12-inch line, and the company, James Callas Homes Inc. of Cumming, arranged to have the sewage pumped out of a detention pond, said Public Utilities Deputy Director Hazel McMullin.

McMullin said the company could also have to pay for the damage to the pipe located at 3437 Mulberry Lane Way.

The state classifies as "major" any spill involving more than 10,000 gallons of raw sewage.