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Tuesday’s Rain Causes Three Wastewater Spills

The City of Hickory reported the discharge of an estimated 97,000 gallons of untreated wastewater yesterday (January 9) at 310 Cloninger Mill Road. Heavy rains (more than 3.5 inches) overloaded the system and caused localized flooding. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Falling Creek. No environmental impact was observed. According to a press release issued by the city today, the water remains safe. The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event today and is reviewing the matter. For more information, call Hickory’s Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.

Burke County has reported the discharge of an estimated 4,000 gallons of untreated wastewater yesterday at the Indian Hills Pump Station, 2711 Indian Hills Circle in Hickory. The spill began at about 9 a.m. Tuesday and stopped at 2 a.m. today. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Drowning Creek in the Catawba River Basin. Burke County is working with the North Carolina Division of Environmental Quality to identify and resolve the issue. For more information, contact Burke County General Services at 828-764-9062. The Division of Environmental Quality was notified of the event yesterday.

The City of Morganton has also reported a sewer spill. According the the city’s Public Information Officer, heavy rains and flooding caused the spill at a sewer junction box on Vine Arden Road near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Approximately 560,000 gallons spilled into Hunting Creek. The spill started at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday and ended that same evening at nine o’clock. The overflow was mostly rainwater that infiltrated into the sewer system during yesterday’s storms. For more information, call the Morganton Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.