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CFPUA warns against lifting sewer pipe manholes for water run-off

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - CFPUA says it's getting reports that people are taking manhole covers off sewer pipes and letting standing rainwater run into them.

That causes problems, says CFPUA Spokeswoman Carey Disney Ricks, because the sewer system isn't designed to handle a lot of stormwater. An overload, she says, can cause the sewer system to overflow into area streams and creeks.

If you see someone trying to drain water into the sewage system, you can report it to CFPUA at (910) 332-6738.

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lifting manhole covers

not to mention the problems of
not putting them back and having
unexpecting motor vehicles try
to drive across a sewer opening.

People are taking manhole

People are taking manhole covers off to let rain water flow in? That doesn't even make sense! The covers were probably blown out by water pressure. Sounds like the CFPUA is just making up stuff again.