OWASA personnel responded at about 3:20 PM on Monday, May 20, 2013 to a spill of untreated wastewater from a manhole in the Rangewood neighborhood west of Carrboro.

The overflow was stopped at about 4:30 PM.  During the known duration of the overflow, an estimated 1,750 gallons reached an unnamed stream tributary to Phil’s Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin.

The overflow was a result of the heavy rainfall which passed through the area around 3:00 PM on Monday. Some of the stormwater entered and overwhelmed the sewer system.

OWASA will inspect all sewers in the Rangewood development with a video camera to determine the location of defects that would allow stormwater to enter the sewer system. Any defects found will be promptly repaired to reduce the potential for a future overflow.

OWASA staff provided information regarding the spill to the NC Division of Water Quality, which 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, which requires distribution of news releases when a wastewater spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

For more information:

John W. Greene, P.E., General Manager of Operations, 919-537-4218 or jgreene@owasa.org