67,500 gallons of sewage spilled in river

Second spill in a month

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A Thursday night storm that dumped nearly six inches of rain on the Mount Olive area is blamed for another sewage spill at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The heavy rainfall and a malfunctioning pump float in the influent pump station caused the spill, officials said.

It resulted in 67,500 gallons of raw sewage being dumped in nearby headwaters of the Northeast Cape Fear River.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the spill began around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The spill was discovered at 5:30 the next morning and was stopped at 10 a.m., according to a release from the town.

This was the second sewage spill in a month for the town of Mount Olive.

More than 637,000 gallons of untreated sewage from the town 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 Mount Olive in June.

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.

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