Wastewater spill poses no danger

First Posted: 3/2/2009

Untreated wastewater, estimated at 2,400 gallons, was recently spilled into a tributary of the Ararat River, but officials say there is no danger to the environment.
The city of Mount Airy was notified of a wastewater spill on Feb. 26 from a sewer line near South Main and Hamburg streets. City crews responded immediately to the site, assessed the damage and repaired the sewer line. The site was then inspected and determined to be free of any environmental damage.
The Division of Water Quality was notified of the event on Feb. 27 and is reviewing the matter.
In accordance with general statutes of North Carolina and the city of Mount Airy System-Wide Wastewater Collection System Permit, the city is required to issue new releases when a waste spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.
Travis King, Utilities Maintenance supervisor for the city of Mount Airy, said there is no threat to human health.
There are no environmental problems (due to the leak). The line separated due to the weather, King said.
The sewer line was an aerial crossing over a ditch, King said.
For information, contact the city of Mount Airy at 786-3580.

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