300,000 Gallons Of Raw Sewage Spills Into The Tar River

A landslide brought down a 21 inch concrete pipeline that carried sewage from most of Northwest Greenville. The pipe runs along the Tar River and it dumped the sewage directly into the river. Greenville Utilities fixed the problem and says tests of the water showed no significant contamination. Officials say unusually high waters from recent rains helped dilute the spill. Though Greenville Utilities responded promptly and notified the public, Tar-Pamlico River keeper Heather Jacobs says the public should have been told sooner. But GUC did report it in a timely manner. A state law enacted in 1999 requires that any sewage spill over 15 thousand gallons be followed by a news release and a public notice with in 48 hours.