Council to Discuss New Plan for Sewer System

WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington City Council is expected to approve a plan Tuesday for a new sewer system. It has a $2.6 million price tag.

It is just one check mark on the list of improvements needed to comply with the state after a series of sewage spills.

Last week, the state extended the ban on any new hook-ups allowed on the failing Northeast Interceptor. That pipeline is nine miles long and is used by New Hanover County, Wilmington, and Wrightsville Beach, but it is managed by the city.

Mayor Bill Saffo says he is just as frustrated as everyone else with the constant sewer breaks.

The city expects to have 7,000 feet of pipeline repaired by 2008.

Reported by Kelli O'Hara