New Info: Swim Advisory Lifted After Sewage Spill

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries today lifted a precautionary swimming advisory in the Pamlico River in downtown Washington.

The advisory, caused by a sewage spill near Jacks Creek, was posted on Aug. 9 and included the area between the Washington town waterfront and Washington Park.

The advisory against swimming, skiing or otherwise coming into contact with the water has been removed.

Subsequent water testing at this site shows bacteria levels are below state and Environmental Protection Agency's standards set for swimming and water play.

State officials issued the precautionary advisory because untreated wastewater can cause adverse health effects such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and skin infections.

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It will likely be several more days before a swim advisory is lifted for part of the Pamlico river.

The advisory was put into place Tuesday following a sewage spill inside Jack's Creek, which flows into the Pamlico. Because of the spill, a swimming advisory is in effect for the Washington waterfront.

While the spill is contained, city officials say it will be at least a couple days before they can lift the advisory. They will sample the water Thursday and get the test back on Friday. If it comes back okay then they can lift the advisory.

Washington officials say they don't know yet what caused the main to overflow.

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Washington city officials say they have contained a sewage spill inside Jacks Creek, keeping it from flowing into the Pamlico River.

The spill was first noticed Tuesday morning as a force main near Park Drive began overflowing. Because of the spill the state issued a swimming advisory for the Washington waterfront.

State officials say it will be at least a couple of days before that advisory can be lifted. They plan to sample the water Thursday and those tests should come back Friday.

Washington officials say they don't know yet what caused the main to overflow.


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An ongoing sewage spill is forcing authorities to issue a swimming advisory for the Pamlico River in Washington.

The Division of Water Quality and Washington city officials are investigating what caused the malfunction of the wastewater system. That malfunction caused a force main near Park Drive to overflow, eventually making its way into Jacks Creek.

State officials can't say how much sewage has made its way into the Pamlico, but city officials say they have managed to dam up the spill and they're keeping any more sewage from getting into the water. The spill was noticed around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The state is advising against swimming in the Pamlico in the vicinity of the Washington waterfront and Washington Park.


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  • by YRD on Aug 13, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Can you say cover up? Someone knows what happened, but it seems nobody has the courage to confess to their screw up. Rest assured the City Council,and their infinite wisdom, certainly would not come clean.
  • by brandon Location: blounts creek on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    is there a swim advisory for inside blounts creek?
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      by Kyle on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:09 PM in reply to brandon
      i was wondering the same thing, anyone know about this?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 11, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    I'd be very fed up if I were from Washington or had a house on the river down there with a boat. Sucks for those people they wont get to enjoy the rest of their summer down there!
  • by jason Location: washington on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    if this were a private citizen, they would be fined by the city and the state. In fairness, those in the government that are responsible for the wastewater should also be fined, not protected by their job status.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:48 PM in reply to jason
      That doesn't make any sense, unless it can be proven that a person (with intent) caused this to happen and didn't do anything to try and prevent it. It's just something that happens, and it will continue to happen more with the failing infastructure in this country.
  • by Raynel Location: Washington on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Maybe while they are down there working on things they can fix the Brown st bridge at jacks creek also. I am so tired of the boom boom car stereos at all hours of the night on Charlotte St, the motorcycle that uses Charlotte as his drag strip, and the constant speeders.... USE ANOTHER STREET!
  • by Infrastructure? Location: enc on Aug 9, 2011 at 09:46 PM
    But let's keep cutting funds for infrastructure and take away "regulations". The millionaires will have their tax cuts, but we won't have safe water-fair trade?
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      by Bloke on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:02 AM in reply to Infrastructure?
      How about using all the money that they already are given for something useful instead of throwing it into free cell phones and other entitlements.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    I wouldn't swim in the Pamlico anyway!
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      by Dee on Aug 9, 2011 at 09:38 PM in reply to
      Me either that is the nastiest water I have ever seen!!! Ugh there is far worse out there then human crap!!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to
      Got that right, was nasty before the spill.
  • by What? on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    You mean there are state officials that protect our environment that still have jobs? I thought they were all fired. Weird.
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      by Reno on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:31 PM in reply to What?
      The environuts need to all be fired, that's for sure!
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        by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 at 08:27 PM in reply to Reno
        Have fun drinking water that's going to cause you to grow a third arm. Or eating fish that will give you mercury poisoning. Have fun not being able to grow crops because the land isn't usable. Have fun breating in toxic gas because businesses don't have any air-quality regulations.
  • by Jack Location: Washington on Aug 9, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    Lets see if the Pamlico Tar River Foundation steps up for a real cause to fight for once. Its always the government that ruins our waterways!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:58 PM in reply to Jack
      What does the government have to do with this? I dont think they purposely busted a sewage line.
  • by Ray Holder Location: Jacksonville on Aug 9, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    Relax, it's only a drop in one big, big bucket. Enjoy the water.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 at 04:19 PM in reply to Ray Holder
      Why don't you not flush and go for a swim in your toliet water, just a drop in a bucket..........
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        by Puff on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:23 PM in reply to
        @Ray, Why didn't you go sledding on Hwy. 17 yesterday. They had a little spill too !!!!!!!!!!
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          by Wharf Rat on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:18 AM in reply to Puff
          I have a boogie board he can use.
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