Untreated sewage discharge reported from Oxford
On Monday, the City of Oxford reported a discharge Friday of approximately 125 gallons of untreated sewage from a sewer main located on an easement between Williamsboro St. and Mary Potter School. Approximately 125 gallons reached an unnamed tributary of Jorden Branch in the Tar-Pamlico Basin. This discharge was caused by debris in the main.
The volume is an estimate based on 5 gpm for 25 minutes.
The line has been restored to service and the creek was damned, cleaned, flushed and pumped back into the sewer system.
Under North Carolina Statutes, Article 21, Chapter 143.215.c, a press release is not required for a spill under 1,000 gallons. However, the city issues a release regardless of the volume reaching the surface waters of the State in an effort to keep the citizens of Oxford informed.