City Prepares for Sewage Spill Clean-up

OCTOBER 17, 2005 -- City officials are preparing for a long clean-up and repair effort after close to 15,000 gallons of wastewater spilled Sunday morning in Wilmington.

The city says the section of pipe that broke at River Road and Bryan Avenue is corroded, and its location will make it difficult to repair.

Workers need to uncover the pipe, make a replacement pipe, and install the segment during the late night and early morning hours. That's when water flows are at the lowest. It will be a slow process, taking most of this week. One lane of River Road will be closed during the repair process.

As city officials look at this particular break, they will begin to assess their overall pipe system.

This spill did not not pose a threat to drinking water in the city and wastewater service was not interrupted.

Reported by Joe Keiley