Rain causes overflow at Sandy Creek

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 09:15 PM

Untreated wastewater from the Sandy Creek Sewage Pumping Station entered the Tar-Pamlico River Basin on Monday afternoon at 1:25.

In a statement from the Henderson Water Reclamation Facility, director Tom Spain confirmed 9,150 gallons overflowed due to heavy rainfall. The rain created an inflow/infiltration greater than the pump station could handle, according to Spain’s statement.

State Emergency Management officials were notified at 8:25 Monday evening.

Spain’s statement was in accordance with N.C. House Bill 1160, which requires municipalities operating waste handling systems to notify the public with waste spills greater than 1,000 gallons reaching surface waters, and additional notices for waste spills greater than 15,000 gallons reaching surface waters.