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25K gallons of untreated wastewater in Brunswick spill

(Courtesy Brunswick County)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Brunswick County public utility staff are monitoring a recent breach of an untreated wastewater line. 

Downstream sampling of the Lockwood Folly River is underway after 20,000 to 25,000 gallons of untreated wastewater made its way into the river, after a wastewater line break near Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. 

The break was detected at 2:20 p.m. on Feb. 1 by Brunswick County Public Utilities staff. The pipe was isolated by 3:15 p.m. Wastewater would continue to discharge through a leaking valve until Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. Repairs are ongoing. 

The breach is said to be a result of an electrical contractor installing utilities poles. At this time, there is no action to be taken by the public.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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