WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – The CFPUA Operations Department has repaired and mitigated a sewer spill which occurred on April 23, 2011. The incident was reported at 5:45 p.m. and the spill was stopped at 6:20 p.m. (approximately 40 minutes, observed). The spill was from a manhole located at the end of Myrtle Ave. along Bradley Creek. The spill was caused by a failure of the bypass pumping system being used to bypass pump station 35 at Bradley Creek during upgrade and rehabilitation work at the pump station.
Approximately 22,400 gallons was discharged, most of which flowed into the Bradley Creek watershed. The spill was stopped by manually operating the bypass pumps. Remedial work has been performed to insure proper operation of the pumping system.
CFPUA Environment and Safety Management staff began water quality monitoring on Sunday, April 24, 2011, and will continue for several days to determine the impact of the spill. This incident has been reported to the N.C. Division of Water Quality, Shellfish Sanitation and the New Hanover County Health Department.