3.5M gallons of wastewater spills into Haw River

Haw River

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Authorities said 3.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater has spilled into the Hall River, in what may be the largest leak in Burlington’s history.

The Burlington Times-News reported that the wastewater spilled into the Haw River after a break in a line at a treatment plant.

Officials said the sewage reached the river Monday night and was not stopped until Wednesday afternoon.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been informed of the spill, according to Eric Davis, water and sewer operations manager.

Davis said the pressurized line at the wastewater treatment plant pumps the sewage from the inflow pump station up to the treatment process area.

“All that water has to go through one line,” Davis said, according to the paper. “Instead of going to the treatment process, it just flooded down to where it came from. It just backed up into the sewer line until it began to overflow.”

Officials said the city has notified Pittsboro, which gets its drinking water from the Haw River. Davis said Pittsboro has not seen any problems yet.

Officials brought in a bypass pump and said the snow delayed delivery of parts and personnel traveling from Raleigh and Wilmington.

Officials said the city has notified Pittsboro, which gets its drinking water from the Haw River. Davis said Pittsboro has not seen any problems yet.

Read more: The Burlington Times-News

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