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Over 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater leak into Durham County creek

Posted June 14

Durham County discharged more than 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater from the wastewater collection system on Alexis Drive.

The leak was discovered on June 13, but staff believe it had been leaking into Stirrup Iron Creek for about a week.

Over 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater leaks into Durham County creek

Officials said Wednesday night that the cause of the discharge was from a crushed clay pipe that was about 50 years old.

The failed section of the pipe was fully repaired and back in service Wednesday night.

Over 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater leaks into Durham County creek

County officials said they continue to mitigate the potential harm to aquatic life from the incident. Operations to monitor the area and take additional necessary actions are expected to continue for the next 24 to 48 hours.

There is no evidence that drinking water, business or residences have been impacted by the discharge, city officials said.


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  • Rudy Bizzell Jun 15, 8:43 a.m.
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    What about the cleanup and the fines that should be lev ied against the city

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 14, 9:43 p.m.
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    Doesn't sound like a 'leak', sounds like a gush of contaminated water. Smh

  • Brenda Lawrence Jun 14, 8:07 p.m.
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    Who, What, When, Where, Why...Remember?

  • Sean Reid Jun 14, 4:42 p.m.
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    Come on WRAL, a little bit of research, please. Where does that creek flow, What Neighborhoods are affected, Did it all flow into Jordan lake, Is it same to swim/Fish/ski.

  • Henry Cooper Jun 14, 3:28 p.m.
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    Geez... loosing 100,000+ gallons a day and it takes a week to notice? Surely there are some kind of inflow/outflow checks.