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'Don't rush to flush': Wad of paper blamed for Cary sewer spill

Posted March 26, 2015

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— A thick wad of paper is believed to have caused a 1,024-gallon sewer spill in Cary on Wednesday, according to town officials.

The spill happened in the 300 block of Montibello Drive. Town staff members said they became aware of the spill at 11 a.m. and cleared the blockage using hydraulic jetting equipment by 11:48 a.m.

The waste reached an unnamed tributary of Black Creek, and no fish kill was observed, officials said.

“Don’t rush to flush. Never use your toilet as a trash can. Instead, place a wastebasket in your bathroom to dispose of common paper waste like wipes, paper towels and tissues,” Sam Tingler, chief of utility system management, said in a statement.

Tingler added that even products labeled as “flushable” do not break down as quickly, causing accumulation and blockage in pipes and pumping equipment.

As required by law, additional notification has been made to the State Division of Water Resources, which will review the incident.

North Carolina General Statues require public notice within 24 hours of detection of a wastewater overflow of 1,000 gallons or greater that also reaches surface waters. Paid advertisements are also necessary for spills of 15,000 gallons or greater.

For more on Cary’s 950-plus miles of wastewater pipelines or ways to reduce sewer spills, search “Sewer” at www.townofcary.org or call 919-469-4090.


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  • Christopher Rose Mar 26, 2015
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    I wonder who on that block ate at taco bell?

  • Clovis Sangrail Mar 26, 2015
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    Their little slogan 'Don't rush to flush' doesnt even have anything to do with this. But good job deflecting, government employees.

  • Mannin Black Mar 26, 2015
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    Evidently. Passing the blame to public implies that someone in that neighborhood did not flush something they were not supposed to.

  • Fred Garner Mar 26, 2015
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    At least they have it narrowed down to the "suspect" neighborhood.

  • Todd Jenkins Mar 26, 2015
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    For over $9 a 1000 gallons of sewer I think the town of Cary can do a better job of handling "a thick wad of paper". Sure pass the blame to the public. Maybe they should add more disintegrators or maintain the lines better instead of blaming it on the public. $9 per 1,000 gallons.