CFPUA Reports 43,382 Gallons Of Sewer Entered Barnards Creek Monday

CFPUA Reports 43,382 Gallons Of Sewer Entered Barnards Creek Monday

CFPUA Reports 43,382 Gallons Of Sewer Entered Barnards Creek Monday Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 12 February 2020 04:20

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) announced Tuesday that 43,382 gallons of untreated wastewater were discharged into Barnards Creek which flows to the Cape Fear River.
According to CFPUA officials, at 1:58 p.m. Monday February 10th, CFPUA  was informed that a contractor working for Duke Energy ruptured a sewer force main while installing a new utility pole.
Shortly after 5pm Monday, CFPUA crews had stopped the wastewater discharge and isolated the damaged force main from the system.
Officials say the flow of wastewater was diverted to an force main that was not damaged. Crews are monitoring the pump stations that power those force mains. A temporary bypass will be erected above ground along the bridge over Barnards Creek on the north side shoulder of River Road. That will require closing the bike lane in that area. According to CFPUA, "CFPUA staff estimate 43,382 gallons of untreated wastewater were discharged into Barnards Creek, a tributary of the Cape Fear River. After the SSO was reported, CFPUA turned off all three pump stations that use
the force main and performed pump-and-haul operations. This response significantly reduced the volume of wastewater that was released."
CFPUA is taking regular samples in that area to monitor water quality. Staff is continuing to take samples at the site to monitor water quality.
As required by law, CFPUA has notified the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the City of Wilmington.

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