Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) crews responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) report that occurred on July 24, 2018, in the area of Princess Street and Water Street. When crews arrived on site at 7:55 pm, they discovered sewer overflowing from several sewer utility manholes along Water Street. Upon investigation, it was determined that sewer was overflowing due to the failure of a bypass pump system that was being operated and maintained by River Place Development and their contractor. All sanitary sewer overflows were stopped by 8:55 pm and CFPUA conducted clean-up operations.
CFPUA estimates that 2,550 gallons were directly discharged to the Cape Fear River via a storm drain. This area has been cleaned, and the spill was reported to N.C. Division of Water Quality. CFPUA is working with the developer to ensure that corrective actions are being taken by the developer to prevent future Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs).
This news release is issued on July 25, 2018, in compliance with North Carolina General Statute 143-215.1C (a portion of the Clean Water Act of 1999). For further information, contact the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority at 910-332-6704.