Accidental wastewater spill at Swannanoa Correctional Center

Press release from North Carolina Department of Public Safety:

An estimated 2,500 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged accidentally on March 29, 2021 from the Swannanoa Correctional Center through a manhole cover on Hospital Drive. The untreated wastewater was discharged into a small, unnamed tributary of the Swannanoa River.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on March 30, 2021, and is reviewing the matter. The Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause of the accidental discharge, and will take action necessary to prevent future such discharges. For more information contact DPS Central Engineering at 919-324-1283.

About Community Bulletin
Mountain Xpress posts selected news and information of local interest as a public service for our readers. To submit press releases and other community material for possible publication, email

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.