The Town of Mount Olive had a discharge of untreated sewer from inside the Town’s wastewater treatment plant at 408 Wilkins Farm Road. The spill was discovered on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:00 A.M. and is still ongoing at this time. A total of 112,500 gallons has been spilled.
The untreated waste entered the headwaters of the North East Cape Fear River. The spill occurred as a result of a 3.5 inch rainfall within a four hour period in the area.
House Bill 1160, which the General Assembly enacted in July 1999, requires those municipalities, animal operations, industries and others who operate waste handling systems issue news releases when a waste spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.