Thursday, July 18, 2024

Severed pipe causes water treatment residuals to enter Smith Creek

WILMINGTON — On Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m., North Carolina Department of Transportation construction crews broke a pipe that contained residuals moving from the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant to the Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Though mostly water, the “sludge” contained particulate material removed from Cape Fear River water during the treatment process. Around 7,650 gallons entered Smith Creek. A section of the broken pipe, located below the bridge on Cornelius Harnett Drive, was replaced by a contractor.

CFPUA staff at Sweeney are now storing the residuals in a tank and have ceased pumping through the pipe. A temporary truck hauling operation is also being set up. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has been notified.


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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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