Bladenboro reports wastewater overflow after heavy rainfall

Staff report

BLADENBORO — After the recent heavy rainfall in the area, Bladenboro’s wastewater treatment system experienced an overflow of diluted wastewater of more than 5,600 gallons.

“House Bill 1160, which the General Assembly enacted in July 1999, requires that municipalities who operate waste handling systems issue news releases when a waste spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters,” a press release issued by the town of Bladenboro pointed out.

According to the town, the Bladenboro Public Utilities Department experienced the overflow on Friday, Sept. 29, of 5,620 gallons at the sanitary sewer manhole located on West Seaboard Street between 3:20 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. The overflow drained into the Bryant Swamp Drainage System, according to the release.

“The town continued to monitor the situation and lime was used during clean up,” the release added.

The Division of Water Quality was notified within 24 hours of the event and the event is under review. For information, contact Andy Coleman, Bladenboro Collections ORC, at 910-863-3967.

Staff report

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