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Perfectly Placed Plug Causes Cary Sewer Spill

Post Date:05/11/2017 2:30 PM
  • Contractors working on behalf of the Town of Cary yesterday reported a sanitary sewer spill of roughly 34,283 gallons, of which 8,570 is believed to have made it to the Crabtree Creek.
  • Clean-up is underway using dechlorinated water and properly returning it to the sewer system.
  • Citizens who witness a sewer spill should visit or by calling (919) 469-4090.



Full Release

CARY, NC – A perfectly placed plug has caused an imperfect sewer situation in Cary. On May 10 at 3 p.m., contractors working on behalf of the Town to rehabilitate an aging sewer pipeline reported a sewer spill near the 2500 block of Evans Road. Based on observations in the area, an estimated 34,283 gallons of sewage spilled; a majority of the spill is contained into a nearby naturally depressed easement area while about 8,570 gallons—or roughly one-quarter of the total—made it into the Crabtree Creek. No fish kill has been observed.

"Resident, employee, visitor and everyone in between, when you are in Cary, we need you to be the eyes and ears of our community,” said Donald Smith, wastewater collections program manager. Sewer spills and other service requests should be directed to or reported by calling (919) 469-4090.

To mitigate the situation, the Town of Cary is flushing the area using dechlorinated water and properly returning it to the sewer system. Due to the close proximity of Lake Crabtree, Wake County and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality have been notified.

Clean Water Act regulations require a news release be issued by public works operators within 24 hours whenever a wastewater spill of 1,000 gallons or greater reaches surface waters. Paid advertisements are also necessary for sanitary sewage spills in excess of 14,999 gallons.



Primary Contacts

Donald Smith, Wastewater Collections Program Manager, (919) 469-4095

Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 481-5091

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240



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