CFPUA: Over 43,000 gallons of wastewater spills into Barnards Creek after sewer main break

CFPUA: Over 43,000 gallons of wastewater spills into Barnards Creek after sewer main break
A sewer main break along River Road discharged over 43,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into Barnards Creek, according to CFPUA. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said over 43,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged into Barnards Creek following a sewer main break along River Road Monday.

The break occurred at the Barnards Creek Pump Station at 4223 River Road.

At 1:58 p.m. Monday, CFPUA was notified that an outside contractor working for Duke Energy struck a sewer force main while installing a utility pole. Crews determined that some amount of wastewater was discharged into Barnards Creek, a tributary of the Cape Fear River.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday, crews were able to stop the water discharge and isolated the damaged force main.

Crews plan to install a temporary bypass this week near the pump station while permanent repairs are made to the broken sewer line.

Piping for the above-ground bypass will run across the bridge over Barnards Creek on the northbound shoulder of River Road, requiring the temporary closure of the bicycle lane in that area. Signage will be deployed to alert drivers.

Staff is continuing to take samples at the site to monitor water quality.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the City of Wilmington have been notified.

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