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Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater - September 1, 2020


Johnston County
Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater
September 1, 2020, 4:30 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 county:

The Johnston County wastewater collection system had discharges of untreated wastewater due to excessive rainfall in portions of the County on August 31, 2020 – September 1, 2020.  Although they do not maintain official rain gauges in the Four Oaks area, the National Weather Service confirmed a “bullseye” in this vicinity during the event.  Some individuals have reported up to 14 inches of rainfall in this area. 

Rainwater infiltration into the wastewater collection system caused discharges at the following locations: 

  • Approximately 78,000 gallons in the vicinity of 400 Fawnbrook Drive, Four Oaks discharged into a tributary to Holts Lake.
  • Approximately 15,000 gallons in the vicinity of 96 Hillsboro Road, Four Oaks discharged into Meadow Branch a tributary to Black Creek.
  • Approximately 37,500 gallons in the vicinity of 560 Wilkins Road, Four Oaks discharged into Black Creek.
  • Approximately 10,000 gallons in the vicinity of 747 Devils Racetrack Road, Four Oaks discharged into an unnamed tributary to the Neuse River.
  • Approximately 1,500 gallons in the vicinity of 300 Royalty Court, Garner discharged into Buffalo Creek.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the events on September 1, 2020 and is reviewing the matter.  For more information, contact the Johnston County Public Utilities Department at (919) 989-5075.

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