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More than 2,000 gallons of sewage overflow into Raleigh creek

Posted October 29, 2012

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— About 2,100 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into a Raleigh creek over the weekend until city crews were able to stop the leak.

City officials said Monday that the overflow happened when a sewer main at 3721 Brinkley Drive became clogged. The blockage was reported about 3:15 p.m. Saturday and cleared about an hour later. A spokesman for the city said the sewer likely had been overflowing for two days, leaking about 2,100 gallons into Marsh Creek.

The overflow was caused by a blockage in the pipe resulting from an uneven pipe joint.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Quality was notified of the sewer overflow.


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  • InTheNo Oct 30, 2012

    I hope we don't all have to give up our garbage disposals now.

  • naturalcynic Oct 30, 2012

    @geosol: you are kidding, right?

  • geosol Oct 29, 2012

    I'm sure that if we just elect more REPUBLICANS to the government that we wouldn't have to worry about sewage spills at all! Because these things aren't important and if we just magically privatize EVERYTHING, then all of our problems will magically disappear! We know this to be true because 1) none of the responsible parties would report such a spill, and 2) there will be no nasty, obstructive regulatory agency to make their polluters claim up their contamination! Yay wingers!!!

  • ligonmaterial23 Oct 29, 2012

    UNeven pipe joint ? Must have been a friday afternoon job

  • beaupeep Oct 29, 2012

    a WHOLE 2000 gallons? all at once?

    Gee, that might even be noticeable.

    Get back to me when it's 2000 gallons a minute, or 20,000 gallons, or something important.

    My septic tank holds more than that.

  • Livin Large in Fuquay Oct 29, 2012

    It is easy to see why as a water and wastewater professional my job can sometimes be difficult people make wild assumptions about that which they have no knowledge of nor desire to find out the real issues before voicing unfounded or misinformed comments. On the hog waste comment you should know that hog septage is much much higher in amonia and nitrogen content which will immediately start to remove oxygen from the water making it much more IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health) to the aquatic environment. The nutrient loadings then encourage rapid algea growth further depleting the water of oxygen. Yes human sewage also contains these nutriants but to a much lesser degree. On the trash issue these need to be tracked to the source and reported to NCDENR. On the public private issue private water industries ussually charge much higher rates but have less public scrutiny.

  • bluegrass Oct 29, 2012

    According to the article the clog and associated spill was attributed to an uneven pipe joint not a republican.

  • balog Oct 29, 2012

    How did that BP oil spill thing work out, libertarian?

    "This libertarian ask...how are things going now? Sure glad that oversight prevented this spill...oh wait. Government ran groups will never do as well as private because they do not have to deal with consumer criticism."

  • Scubagirl Oct 29, 2012

    Well said lighter22, well said!

  • romneycare Oct 29, 2012

    I heard romney/ryan want to cut FEMA and disaster relief, is this true