By WECT Staff | May 26, 2020 at 4:53 PM EDT – Updated May 27 at 4:55 AM
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – A mechanical failure caused untreated wastewater to be discharged from the headworks of the Ocean Isle Beach wastewater treatment plant at around 7 p.m. May 24.
Brunswick County Public Utilities discovered the gearbox failure at 6049 Yarborough Street early Monday morning and completed the repair by approximately 7 a.m.
Around 125,000 gallons of sanitary sewer water were discharged.
The discharge reached a tributary of Jinny’s Branch and some of the discharge flowed back into Ocean Isle Beach’s wastewater treatment plant lagoon.
After the repair, downstream sampling and remediation was completed.
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