OWASA personnel responded at about 9:35 AM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 to a spill of untreated wastewater from a manhole near Concordia Court, which is near Kensington Drive in Chapel Hill.  

An estimated 2,500 gallons spilled into a tributary of Booker Creek, which is in the Cape Fear River Basin.

The overflow was stopped at about 10:20 AM. The spill was contained with a small temporary earth dam, and the wastewater was returned to the OWASA sanitary sewer system. No wastewater reached Eastwood Lake, which is downstream of the spill area.

OWASA learned of the spill from a homeowner. The cause of the spill appears to be roots and rags which blocked the flow of wastewater in a section of sewer pipe.

The area of the spill is being disinfected. As additional follow-up, OWASA will test water upstream and downstream of the spill area.

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:

Thurman Green, Manager of Collection and Distribution Systems, 537-4224 or tgreen@owasa.org

Greg Feller, Public Affairs, 537-4267 or gfeller@owasa.org