Sewage – Dirty Business

DSC_0236The Ellis Pump Station in the Hardison Hills area of Jacksonville experienced a sewage leak near Wilson Gate on Monday, June 13th. The original estimate was reported at 1,500 gallons and by June 15th the estimate reached 50,000 gallons. This was the result of the SCADA system being turned off for the Ellis Pump Station during routine maintenance. By the time the maintenance crew stopped the spill, 50,000 gallons of sewage had made it through one manhole and as far as Scales Creek. Both the State and myself had been notified of the spill by the City Manager. The State has sampled on June 13th, June 14th, and June 15th. By the third day the State’s water samples tested low enough for the State to discontinue sampling…

DSC_0237As this was a result of human error, I hope that we will not see this again for Jacksonville. I greatly appreciate the effort made by the City Manager to keep us informed of the leak and the sampling efforts made by the State. I will be making a few trips out to check back and sample where needed.

On the other end of town, it has come to light that even though the Town of Maysville unanimously voted to sign a Special Order by Consent (SOC) on November 5th 2015 the NC Department  of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has yet to complete the timeline draft of upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant and present it to the Town of Maysville for review. A state official declared, “Maysville WWTP is on my inspection list.  My last visit to Maysville WWTP was a compliance evaluation in December 2015.  The plant was operating well at that time. Since Envirolink has been involved, the plant has done well.”

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