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Leaking Structure Forces Tighter H2O Restrictions in Goldsboro

Posted October 31, 2007

— Goldsboro plans to tighten water restrictions next week. Part of the problem is that a leaking man-made structure is taking nearly 30 percent of the water supply out of the river.

Water rushes over the flood-control wall in Goldsboro because of last week's heavy rain. It’s designed to pull water out of the Neuse River when the level is too high so it doesn't flood the city.

The problem is, the structure is broken and is pulling water when it shouldn't.

“This flood-control structure has some very serious failures where the water is leaking through the structure,” said Karen Brashear, Goldsboro’s public utilities director.

A recent picture showed the same flood-control structure without the rushing water. Holes and tears along the top of the wall were visible.

On a normal or dry day, all the water should remain in the Neuse. Instead, about 38 million gallons is leaking into the canal – water that should be feeding the city's water supply instead.

“It's made it more challenging to produce drinking water with lower water levels in the river,” Brashear said.

The Army Corps of Engineering built the structure, so the city can't replace it. The Corps just gave Goldsboro a permit to temporarily fix the problem.

“Twenty-eight percent of the water that should be in the river will then be reverted back into the Neuse River,” Brashear said.

Crews should begin sealing the leaks next week. For a city that relies on what flows downstream from Falls Lake, every drop they keep is crucial.

They hope to have the leaks repaired within a week. City leaders said federal funds to replace the structure might not be available until 2009.


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  • getrealpeople Nov 1, 2007

    I'm not unloading on Goldsboro. I'm unloading on the Corps for not fixing this. They are releasing extra water because 38 MGD is going down the flood control structure instead of toward Goldsboro's intake. The Corps only releases water which floods us & downtstream when the dam is going to overflow the spillway.I know what I'm talking about. Why conserve if they are just letting it flow to the ocean??

  • OBXPackMan Oct 31, 2007

    the corps releases the water as needed so the dam will not break and send all of the water through goldsboro & kinston.

  • dogeatdog Oct 31, 2007

    Two things. One, if you live in Goldsboro, this is old news. It was in the News-Argus about a week ago and has been known about much longer than that. Second, gettreal, like someone else said, the Corps of Eng. has released LOTS of water downstream during, say, FLOYD, when Goldsboro was flooded for weeks. Don't talk about what you don't know about.

  • Tbell67 Oct 31, 2007

    AMEN wine_girl

  • wine_girl Oct 31, 2007

    I live in Goldsboro... we get NO love...

  • Tbell67 Oct 31, 2007

    getrealpeople....Goldsboro has water problems just like everyone else....and how many times have they released water to flow towards Goldsboro to flood US so that the nice sub divisions in Wake county will not flood...The thing is we all just have to wait and see what decision they make..it doesnt matter what we think.. :-)

  • whatelseisnew Oct 31, 2007

    Just one more example in a long line of how the various levels of government fail to do the things they should be doing. Instead we get things like more at four and other worthless liberal social agendas carried forward.

  • getrealpeople Oct 31, 2007

    That's only 38 million gallons of water a day. How much extra has the Corps of Eng. released from Falls Lake so Goldsboro would have water??