Chatham County reports untreated wastewater discharge

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PITTSBORO — Chatham County Public Utilities experienced a discharge of untreated wastewater on August 17.

At 9:08 a.m., County staff discovered the discharge at a manhole located along Renaissance Drive, approximately 1,000 feet north of N.C. Highway 64 in Pittsboro. The discharge of approximately 1,800 gallons was abated at 10:10 a.m.

The cause of the discharge was due to a pipe failure inside the manhole that overflowed. Utilities crews immediately worked to repair the pipe and remediate the spill.

The untreated wastewater from this pipe failure discharged into an unnamed tributary of Harlands Creek.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Quality Raleigh Regional Office was notified of the event within the 24-hour requirement.

For more information, please contact Chatham County Utilities Director Blake Mills at 919-542-8238.

Harlands Creek, Wastewater, Chatham County Public Utilities

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