UPDATE: 5.25 million gallons discharged during by-pass.
During Hurricane Florence, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) experienced the failure of two generators at the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant discharged partially treated wastewater to the Cape Fear River.
It is an ongoing event. We have contacted the equipment representative for an emergency repair. They will be on site to make the needed repairs as soon as possible.
This news release is issued on September 14, 2018, in compliance with North Carolina General Statute 143-215.1C (a portion of the Clean Water Act of 1999). CFPUA has also contacted the North Carolina DEQ Emergency Hotline.
We will provide an update once we can assess volume and impact.