UPDATE: City Manager: Local Rivers, Creeks Safe After Wastewater Spill

The results are in for a city here in the east that reported up to 250 thousand gallons of wastewater spilling into creeks that lead to the New River.

On Thursday, the city of Jacksonville reported a short in one of their wastewater system plants. Officials believe lightening hit an electronic panel, and that's why it took a full day for them to find out there was a leak that flowed from creeks all the way to the New River. The city manager said Monday the state's water quality test results are in.

"After three days of taking water samples, the city is very pleased to announce that DWQ does not believe there's any longer, any health hazard," said Jacksonville City manager Richard Woodruff.

The city encourages residents not to drink directly from a creek, but the water results from the state say a warning is not required.

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More than 225,000 gallons of wastewater has spilled in Jacksonville, and some of it has entered several streams.

Officials report the sewer overflow came from a manhole upstream of a lift station in the Barden Street area off Marine Boulevard near the intersection with Gum Branch Road.

Between 225,000-250,000 gallons spilled, according to a preliminary estimate, and some of the sewer spill entered into several streams.

Officials state the spill was discovered about 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a release: "Early Wednesday morning, remnants of Tropical Storm Lee passed over Onslow County producing heavy rain and lightning. The connection between this weather and the failure of a pump at the Barden Street Lift Station is part of an investigation that is underway. City Manager Richard Woodruff has pledged a thorough investigation into the matter."

The release also states: "Some of the spill entered into Dotey’s Branch which flows into Mill Creek. All of these areas, as well as portions of the streams above and below these areas are now being monitored for contamination."

At this time, crews are working to replace the pump and clean the spill area.


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  • by Hogwash on Sep 13, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    The hog farms are not monitored like municipal systems. Hog farms are the most serious cause of water polution in NC. NC has more pigs than people. Pig excrement is much stronger than human poop. The spray fields are abused. When there is a serious discharge it is usually covered up. IGNORANCE of natural processes is rampant.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    You know whats funny? Not ONE hog farm had a spill during Irene. NOT ONE. Yet Larry Baldwin still claims the problems with the Trent River now are associated with hogs and chickens. BUT there were municipal waste spills. And even where there was a municipal spill they say the water is fine. Go figure.
  • by rapper Location: snow hill on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    What else would you expect a city official who is on the payroll to say ? Bet he don't drink the city water !
  • by jb Location: onslow on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    funny isn't it? between the base,hog farmers and the city,wonder how much of this.... gotten into new river over the years?bet the bottom of river is knee deep in .... lol yet they say everything ok...maybe they should try to eat some of those fish.oh well just a nornal process....right? like our president gonna get job going ,but got to raise taxes to make it happen or cut social sercuties to help the debit lol
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    Oh, no. This picture is very, very bad.
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      by OK on Sep 8, 2011 at 05:50 PM in reply to
      Good... I'm glad 2 know I wasnt the only one.
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        by sludge on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:54 PM in reply to OK
        That is free fertilizer! Yours may be in there somewhere too.
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          by OK on Sep 8, 2011 at 07:26 PM in reply to sludge
          That's not what I was talking about. Tilt ur head to the right n look @ the pic.
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      by EEeww, Gross! on Sep 9, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to
      It is! It Is! I see a little man in a canoe. Somebody call Clarence Carter!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    This file photo just makes me laugh........
  • by Not News on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    Jacksonville is a sewer 24/7. No big change. I doubt they'll even notice the smell.
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      by Jeff on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:49 PM in reply to Not News
      I didnt notice a smell when I got off work today.
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