Hickory says water safe after sewage spill

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HICKORY, N.C. — Officials in Hickory said the water is safe, despite a sewage spill of about 9,000 gallons.

The Hickory Daily Record reported a sewer overflowed on Monday because of an equipment failure.

City officials say the sewage ran into Long Shoal Creek of the Catawba River basin.

The Mooresville Regional Office of the state Division of Water Quality was notified. A review showed no negative impact on the environment.

Another overflow occurred Aug. 27 because of vandalism at a pumping station. Officials said about 42,000 gallons of sewage ran into an unnamed tributary of the Catawba River.

State water quality technicians said that spill had no negative effect on the environment.

Credit: The Associated Press.