WILMINGTON – A wastewater spill of 35,000 gallons flowed directly into Barnard’s Creek Thursday morning, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) said in a Friday news release.
The authority explained that around 9:30 a.m., a private contractor the CFPUA hired had opened a series of valves on an 18-inch line during pipe-cleaning work. The line itself was not in use but was connected to the system. The valves were open for 25 minutes.
Discharged sewage went straight into Barnard’s Creek, which flows into the Cape Fear River, the CFPUA said.
“CFPUA Environment and Safety Management has and will continue to perform water quality monitoring to determine the impact of the spill,” the authority’s press release said. “This incident has been reported to the N.C. Division of Water Quality.”