Pump Control Failure Results In Overflow

According to officials a control system failure apparently led to a pump not operating and that led to the overflow of about 60,000 gallons of waste water out a manhole near the Northeast Creek late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Officials say the flow was discovered about 12:18 AM Sunday. The pump was quickly restored to an operating status and efforts began for clean-up of the site.

City of Jacksonville Water Quality staff members were out Sunday morning assessing the situation and taking water samples near the affected area. State Water Quality officials were notified before 2 AM after the incident was discovered and stabilized.

The City has begun an investigation into the circumstances of the control system failure. The pump is under manual control at this time. The City has crews that regularly check the pump stations even under automation and the crews will increase their patrol of the area.

A transition is underway to a more advanced system in connection to the City’s new water treatment plant and the control system for this pump station has not yet been converted.

Officials say crews quickly cleaned the area around the manhole where the overflow occurred and took steps to mitigate the effect.


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  • by Hog Lagoons on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    If they were so bad, they'd shut down hog farms. But YOU want your bacon/ham/sausage/pork chops......so you'll deal with the unpleasantness of the do-do. This is a case where being #1 or #2 doesn't really matter. No one wins.
  • by ted Location: onslow county on Jan 10, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    I guess they will blame this on too many nets in the water . What I would like to know is , where is the backup system ???
  • by No harm on Jan 9, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    Ahhh. Now Jville has the right aroma to match its other aesthetic qualities.
  • by Anonymous Location: J'ville on Jan 9, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    The honcho of the local city wastewater system quickly covers his rear by reporting sewage spills. Belive me: wastewater spills happen all over the place and frequently. Most are simply covered up. They are usually rather insignificant in the big picture regarding water pollution except after heavy and fast rainfall. The real concern is what we do on the land and pig do do.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Wastewater system spills happen regularly. Equipment fails, human error... This is nothing, zit, kapoot compared to the runoff from land surrounding hog farms. Concentrated non point source pollution (pig farms mainly) is where the real problem lies around here. NC has more pigs than humans.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    and commercial fisherman are the reason there are no fish, birds, and turtles. Go figure!
  • by pump man Location: winterville on Jan 9, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    You can thank the local goverment for this, cutting on the budget and equipment to work with!!
  • by Clifton Is Right on Jan 9, 2011 at 02:36 PM
    It does...or so it seems. They must have an overburdened system there.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    WOW! This happens a lot in Onslow county.
  • by Scott Location: Greenville on Jan 9, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Ewww, stink 'o de mio!!!
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