BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO shared a notification four days past state reporting requirements that the utility discharged approximately 1,800 gallons of untreated wastewater on Lanvale Road.
The sanitary district announced the spill to the public Tuesday — five days after the spill occurred and four days after state law requires wastewater operators notify the public.
In North Carolina, wastewater operators are required under state law to notify the public of reportable spills within 24-hours after determining discharge reached public surface waters. Reportable spills, as defined by General Statute 143-215.1C., include any discharge events in which 1,000 gallons or more of untreated wastewaters reach public surface water.
H2GO’s sanitary sewer overflow occurred at a receiving manhole to pump station #12 on Lanvale Road on Aug. 15. Approximately 1,800 untreated gallons of wastewater flowed into an unnamed tributary that feeds into Sturgeon Creek, according to H2GO’s Aug. 20 public release.
In its release, the utility affirmed it did inform the Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Quality about the spill on Aug. 16. According to state law, wastewater operators are required to inform the state agency about reportable spills “as soon as practicable, but no later than 24 hours” after it is determined wastewater reached public surface waters.
Asked for the reason behind the public reporting delay, Tyler Wittkofsky, H2GO’s spokesperson, said, “There was a failure with our in house communications.”
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