SURF CITY, N.C. (WECT) – The Town of Surf City has announced that about 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled at the manhole near Highway 50/210 and Aldrich Lane for about 12 hours on Sunday, July 31. On August 10, the town released an update that a water quality test indicated excellent water quality.
Though the test came back with a good result, it was tested when officials were not sure whether untreated water had reached into the waterway, so the swimming advisory remains.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality closed the Intercoastal Waterway by Waters Bay to harvesting oysters and shellfish due to the possibility of untreated water spilling into the bay. That closure will remain in effect until at least August 21.
An electrical surge caused equipment to fail and spill out the sewage, but that equipment has now been replaced. Since the spill, the twon dammed the ditches and water conveyances while returning water to be treated. They placed lime in the ditches to treat the areas as well.
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