Town leaders want to remove and replace force main on Wrightsville Beach

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) – Two sewage spills into the Intracoastal Waterway nearly one month a part.

Tonight leaders on Wrightsville Beach laid out a plan to put a plug on the spills.

The latest spill was less than a week ago. The town reported roughly 19,000 gallons spilled into the ICW. That’s minor compared to the 75,000 gallons the spilled out of a ruptured force main in December.

The town approved more than $33,000 for those December repairs.

They also approved a resolution to have town engineers look at new water main pipes to replace the current one.

“That pipe has been basically sitting in salt water for the most part since the 1980’s,” said town manager Tim Owens, “It needs to be replaced. It’s duct liner and we’re having issues with it. It was wrapped to begin with but you know with 30 plus years there’s issues there. So we need to move forward and try to find a way to replace that particularly before the tourist season.”

Town leaders unanimously approved to look at replacing the old pipes at the site where the spills have been happening. The town’s goal is to put a newer pipe in before April.


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