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Grease clog causes sewage spill in Cary

Posted January 16, 2013

— Collected grease from a local business caused a 13,000-gallon wastewater spill Monday that reached a tributary of Lake Johnson in Cary, town officials said Wednesday.

Town workers learned of the spill about 10 a.m. and cleared the blockage within an hour. More than 250,000 gallons of dechlorinated water was used in the cleanup process, and no sewage was discharged into the lake. The dechlorinated water was pumped into Raleigh’s sewer collection system.

“Thanks to a quick and precise cleanup effort involving multiple agencies, we were able to contain the discharge and ensure nothing reached Lake Johnson,” said Donald Smith, a utilities manager with the town.

Officials did not name the business responsible for the grease clog.

Smith reminded residents and restaurant owners to participate in the town’s free curbside recycling program for cooking oil. The town has collected more than 5,000 gallons of oils, fats and grease through the program since it began in 2009. The program is aimed at discouraging drain disposal of these substances, which can cause clogs, backups, overflows and spills.

The town released the information about the sewer spill two days after the incident, which is within the 48-hour reporting period required by law.

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  • NCCaniac Jan 22, 2013

    "Now pretty much every summer, Lake Wheeler has to shutdown due to high concentrations of bacteria. May not be related but seems suspicious."

    From what I have heard the bacteria issues in local lakes are often from the high concentration and overpopulation of Canadian geese around all local lakes and ponds. Geese produce a lot of waste.

  • anonemoose Jan 16, 2013

    Keep our sewers clean -- former sign on CAT busses
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    January 16, 2013 5:40 p.m.
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    I wonder what the sign would have said if it had been a house instead of a bus?

  • djofraleigh Jan 16, 2013

    Keep our sewers clean -- former sign on CAT busses

  • miketroll3572 Jan 16, 2013

    Amen, Obama still stinks. I have never been anywhere where people used their turn signals less than right here. I don't know how anyone down here ever managed to receive a drivers license. :)

    Things were not like that here 20 yrs ago.....Does that tell you something?

  • kellypsnll Jan 16, 2013

    Amen, Obama still stinks. I have never been anywhere where people used their turn signals less than right here. I don't know how anyone down here ever managed to receive a drivers license. :)

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jan 16, 2013

    I knew I shouldn't have poured my bacon grease down the sink!

  • IBleedRedandWhite Jan 16, 2013

    Where is this company's grease interceptor? I guess it is impossible to tell which company it was but most fast food chains and restaurants have grease interceptors installed on the outside of their establishments to trap the grease and allow water to pass through into the sewer system.

  • grandmagail Jan 16, 2013

    Why would anyone pour grease into the sink? A child should know better.

  • Willie_11 Jan 16, 2013

    Remember a few years ago where a Cary sewage spill damaged Lake Wheeler - Raleigh's backup water source. Now pretty much every summer, Lake Wheeler has to shutdown due to high concentrations of bacteria. May not be related but seems suspicious.

  • Ol Forrester Jan 16, 2013

    Anonemoose, that is one impressive sentence. I think more punctuation is needed but I not sure what or where. I stand in awe.

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