637,500 gallons worth of sewage spilled in Cape Fear


More than 637,000 gallons of untreated sewage from Mount Olive escaped into the Northeast Cape Fear River over a span of nine hours June 9-10.

Mount Olive had a discharge of untreated sewer from inside the town’s wastewater treatment plant at 408 Wilkins Farm Road of approximately 637,500 gallons, according to a release from the town.

The spill was discovered at 6:30 a.m. on June 10 and was immediately stopped, according to town officials. Upon review, wastewater treatment plant staff realized the spill had lasted nine hours due to multiple equipment and SCADA system failures.

The spill originally started at 9:30 p.m. on June 9, the release stated. The untreated waste entered the headwaters of the Northeast Cape Fear River. The spill occurred as a result of the multiple equipment and SCADA system failures, according to the release.


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