Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) personnel responded at about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 25th to a spill of untreated wastewater from a sewer line in the parking lot at Granville Towers East, at 125 West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. The spill was stopped at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening, after OWASA personnel installed a temporary plug in the sewer line. A temporary pump was also installed to pump sewage around the blocked line and into a downstream sewer.
OWASA will have a contractor re-line the inside of the sewer line where the leak occurred. That work is expected to be completed on Monday, September 29th.
An estimated 2,000 gallons of untreated wastewater reached a storm drain which drains to an unnamed tributary to Tanyard Branch, which flows into Bolin Creek. The spill was located in the Cape Fear River Basin.
OWASA staff learned of the spill when a citizen called to report sewage odor near Granville Towers East.
At 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, OWASA staff notified the NC Division of Water Resources Raleigh Regional Office of the spill. The Division is reviewing the matter.
The information above is provided in accord with OWASA policies and House Bill 1160, enacted by the General Assembly in July, 1999, and Senate Bill 729, enacted in August, 2014, which require distribution of news releases when a wastewater spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.
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Randy Horton, Assistant Manager of Water Distribution and Wastewater Collections; Telephone: 919-537-4280; E-mail: email@example.com
Ed Kerwin, Executive Director; Telephone: 919-537-4211; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org