Greenville Utilities has reported wastewater spills of an estimated total of 6,500 gallons that occurred as the result of Hurricane Irene.
The spills were caused by excessive rain and the loss of electric power at three pump stations. The pump stations were located at Brook Valley, Woodridge North and Howell's Childcare.
A combination of power restoration and the use of generators stopped the spill in Brook Valley on Saturday, August 27. The spills at Woodridge North and Howell's Childcare were stopped by 4 p.m. Sunday, August 28.
Approximately 5,500 gallons of wastewater spilled into tributaries to the Tar River and approximately 1,000 gallons to a tributary to the Neuse River. In accordance with regulatory requirements, the Division of Water Quality was notified of the spill.