Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater - November 11, 2020



November 11, 2020
12:50 p.m.



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 a discharge of untreated wastewater November 10 - 11, 2020 of an estimated 17,000 gallons from a temporary pump failure in the vicinity of 191 Technology Drive.  The temporary pump operation was required for construction associated with the I-40 widening project.  The pump failure occurred from approximately 7:30 pm on November 10, 2020 until 7:30 am on November 11, 2020.  The County was notified of the incident at 8:40 am on November 11, 2020.  The untreated wastewater discharged into an unnamed tributary to Swift Creek.  The discharge is being recovered and pumped into the County’s wastewater collection system for treatment and to prevent flow from entering Swift Creek.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on November 11, 2020 and is reviewing the matter.  For more information, contact the Johnston County Public Utilities Department at (919) 989-5075.