Burst Pipe Drains Sewage into NC River

Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 02:07 PM gHale

Just over 250,000 gallons of untreated sewage leaked into a North Carolina river after a burst pipe went undetected for about five hours.

The ruptured pipe near Randleman, NC’s city wastewater plant allowed untreated sewage from homes and businesses to flow into the Deep River, said officials at the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Wednesday.

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The pipe ruptured at 1 a.m. Wednesday but the city didn’t discover it until five hours later, said DENR spokesman Jamie Kritzer. Randleman businesses ended up forced to shut down until workers complete repairs.

There hasn’t been any impact to fish or downstream drinking water supplies reported, said DENR Assistant Secretary Tom Reeder. The closest public water systems are 70 miles or more downstream.