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LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Lake Waccamaw leaders are awaiting water test results after they say thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into Lake Waccamaw when it rained following two sanitary sewer spills.

According to a news release from the town, the first spill happened Wednesday at a manhole on Canal Cove Road, and town leaders say the second happened at another manhole on Creek Ridge Road. The two spills ultimately resulted in about 7,500 gallons of untreated wastewater to overflow into the lake.

Persistent inflow and infiltration of groundwater into the town’s sewer collection system is what caused the spill, town leaders said in the release. Heavy rainfall there Wednesday then caused the waste overflowed into Lake Waccamaw.

The release says the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources requires the town to take two sets of samples for testing. Town leaders say the first set of test results will be available today, while the second set will be completed by Tuesday.

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  • zenobia

    Lake Waccamaw always smells like sewerage.

  • Lu

    I don’t know where you are talking about but I live at Lake Waccamaw & it DOESN’T always smell like sewage. It’s the largest Natural Lake on the East Coast & is known for its beauty & RARE finds.

  • Cherokee

    Town Administration and Elected Officials need to work on a serious plan to upgrade the entire sewer system. Also, while they are at it they need to have the roller coaster road from Dales Seafood to Waccamaw Shores repaved. The excuse that if we repave canal road it will damage the existing ancient sewer infrastructure is a joke. Since it is that bad please work on a plan to get both projects replaced. It would be most appreciated.

  • zenoibia

    That road is a roller coaster because all that is under there is logs they laid across a sandy shore, and piled dirt on top of them to make a place to build houses. As the logs rot and the dirt settles. the whole of that area between the lake and canal will sink back into the sands from which it arose.
    Under new EPA regulations, they should make everyone move.

  • Lu

    I do agree that our sewer system needs a massive upgrade to accomadate all of the residents that currently reside their now. As far as the “roller coaster” road (Canal Cove Rd) repaved, that will NOT help anything. One reason they don’t do anything about it is because of SPEEDERS. If that road was the same as Waccamaw Shores, people would FLY down it the same way. If you are in that big of a hurry, then take HWY 214.

  • zenobia

    Look at the water bacteria counts it gets every summer, you might as well be swimming in Whiteville’s sewerage treatment plant outlet.

  • Lu

    I do agree the town has serious issues with the sewer system, but our Lake is nothing like a sewer. My suggestion to you would be, if you don’t like it, then stay away from it. js

  • zenobia

    What about the risk to children from water borne diarrheal illnesses or brain infections? People need to be fully informed before they fish, swim or wade in NC and SC’s inland and coastal waters. Deaths from flesh eating bacteria in coastal waters get downplayed too, to keep the tourism up.

  • Lu

    I am very well aware of why the road is so bumpy. But people do not obey the speed limit signs now, so they sure wouldn’t if the road were fixed.

    That might be true about NEW EPA regulations, but that will never happen. The county & town make too much money off of the residents. We have a beautiful lake & we are proud of it. If you don’t like it, stay away. It’s that simple.


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