Due to the amount of water and flooding southeastern North Carolina experienced last weekend, several areas have reported untreated wastewater and sewer discharges.
In Brunswick County, the Carolina Shores Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is owned and operated by Brunswick County Public Utilities, experienced an intermittent discharge between Friday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 5. During that time, about 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater, partially treated wastewater and rainwater spilled out of the plant, according to a news release from the county. The water was discharged into an unnamed tributary of Persimmon Swamp in the Lumber River Basin.
The large amount of discharge was caused by the “flooding of collection systems in the Carolina Shores area due to an extreme amount of rainfall.” According to the release, over 23 inches of rain came down in that area of the weekend. Any residents with questions about the wastewater spill can contact Brunswick County Public Utilities Wastewater Treatment Superintendent Donald Dixon at (910) 755-7921.
In New Hanover County, the town of Wrightsville Beach had some overflowing manholes at the corner of Channel and Sweeny streets, according to a news release. The spill of about 4,050 gallons occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and contained “highly diluted sewage.”
As a result, though the town has fixed the sanitary sewer overflow, residents in that area are advised to avoid standing water in that neighborhood until flood waters have gone down. They are also being asked to reduce their water usage, as the nearby lift station that receives waste is working at near capacity. Crews will continue to clear any sewer main blockages and try to keep the main lift station functioning the best it can.