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Damaged manhole results in release of wastewater

Published: 2:26 PM, 06/21/2013 Last updated: 2:26 PM, 06/21/2013

Source: The Blowing Rocket

The town of Blowing Rock experienced a sanitary sewer overflow on June 12 due to manhole damage during work associated with the U.S. 321 widening project.

The overflow resulted in approximately 58,500 gallons of untreated wastewater being released into the Middle Fork of the South Fork of the New River.

The cause of the overflow was due to debris in the line, which occurred when the manhole at which the overflow occurred had been damaged by construction work on the road, according to town officials.

The damage allowed debris to enter into the town’s sanitary sewer system causing a blockage, which resulted in the overflow. The blockage has been removed and remedial actions have been taken.

No fish kill has been reported in conjunction with this overflow, according to officials   
The Division of Water Quality was notified and will be reviewing the matter.

North Carolina General Statute 143-215.1C requires municipalities which operate waste handling systems to issue public announcements when a spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

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