Thousands of gallons of wastewater released near a tributary to Prince George’s Creek

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WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) announced Wednesday that roughly 3,000 gallons of wastewater was released into a ditch in Castle Hayne.

The “sanitary sewer overflow (SSO)” happened near the intersection of Blossom and Hickory streets on Tuesday, starting at around 2 p.m. and ending at 3 p.m.,  according to a press release issued by the authority. 

“The SSO occurred when a contractor for a cable TV company struck the force main during boring operations,” the release states. “Upon arriving on the scene, CFPUA crews stopped the flow by shutting down multiple pump stations and closing valves in coordination with Pender County until the repair was completed. CFPUA also conducted pump-and-haul operations to minimize service disruptions and environmental impacts.”

Crews stopped the discharge at around 3 p.m. and about 3,000 gallons later, according to the release. The wastewater flowed into a ditch that serves as a tributary to Prince George’s Creek.

“Water quality testing was conducted by CFPUA staff at the direction of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality,” the release states.