Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater September 17, 2018

Johnston County Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater
September 17, 2018
5:30 PM

Smithfield, NC - General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

In accordance with that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to media in the affected counties:

The Johnston County wastewater collection system had the following discharges of untreated wastewater from 5:00 pm on September 16, 2018 until 5:00 pm on September 17, 2018.  These were caused by excessive rainfall amounts, extreme weather conditions and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Florence, which caused rainwater, stormwater and floodwater infiltration into the County’s collection system:

Approximately 28,800 gallons in the vicinity of 400 Fawnbrook Drive was discharged into a tributary to Holts Lake.

  • Approximately 270,000 gallons in the vicinity of 1457 W Noble Street, Selma was discharged into an unnamed tributary to the Neuse River.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the events on September 16, 2018 and September 17, 2018 and is reviewing the matter.  For more information, contact the Johnston County Public Utilities Department at (919) 989-5075.