Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Two Sewer Spills Reported In Mount Olive This Week

Two Sewer Spills Reported In Mount Olive This Week

The Town of Mount Olive has experienced a sanitary sewer overflow totaling approximately 66,000 gallons inside the Town’s wastewater treatment plant on Friday, March 19, 2021. This overflow was discovered at 10:30 A.M. and as of Friday March 19, 2021 at 4:30 P.M. is still ongoing. The spill was the result of 1.25 inches of rainfall over a two- hour period. Our Waste Water Treatment Plant was already at capacity and still recovering from the Tuesday, March 16, 2021 overflow. The Town is currently working to resolve issues with inflow and infiltration into the sewer collections system and to address land applications issues at wastewater treatment plant itself. Funding has been secured to address issues with the Town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The Division of Water Quality was notified of these spills on Friday, March, 19, 2021.

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The Town of Mount Olive has experienced a sanitary sewer overflow totaling approximately 18,000 gallons inside the Town’s wastewater treatment plant on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. This overflow was discovered at 3:00 P.M. and as of Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 4:30 P.M. is still ongoing. The spill was the result of 2.0 inches of rainfall over a six hour period. The Town is currently working to resolve issues with inflow and infiltration into the sewer collections system and to address land applications issues at wastewater treatment plant itself. Funding has been secured to address issues with the Town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The Division of Water Quality was notified of these spills on Tuesday, March, 16, 2021.

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The North Carolina General Assembly enacted House Bill 1160 in July 1999. This Bill requires municipalities to release information to the public within 24 hours when a sanitary sewer overflow of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. It requires a Public Notice in addition to the Press Release if the discharge is more than 15,000 gallons.

 

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