Hendersonville reports Zeta-related untreated wastewater spills

Press release from the City of Hendersonville:

On October 1, 1999, House Bill 1160 was enacted by the N.C. General Assembly, requiring that all local governments, animal operations, industries and others who operate wastewater collection and handling systems issue a news press release when a spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. In accordance with N.C. General Statutes Article 21 Chapter 143.215.1C, the following news release has been prepared and is hereby issued to the local media in the affected area(s).

The City of Hendersonville’s Wastewater Collection System experienced four discharges of untreated wastewater from our collection system on Thursday, Oct. 29. The first discharge was from manhole number 2589, located at 685 Greenville Hwy at 8:50 a.m., releasing approximately 200 gallons of untreated wastewater. The second discharge was from manhole number 1710, located at 814 Jonesborough St., at 9:03 a.m., releasing approximately 1,800 gallons of untreated wastewater. The third discharge was from manhole numbers 2926 and 2927, located at 177 Winding Meadows Dr., at 9:13 a.m., releasing approximately 2,180 gallons of untreated wastewater. The fourth discharge was from manhole number 3837, located across from 627 Clear Creek Rd., at 10:48 a.m., releasing approximately 1,740 gallons of untreated wastewater.

All the sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) were due to excessive rainfall resulting from Tropical Storm Zeta, and the releases entered Mud Creek, Clear Creek, and King Creek in the French Broad River Basin. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) was notified of the event on Friday, Oct. 30, and will be reviewing this matter. For more information, please contact Lee Smith or Tim Sexton at (828) 697-3073 with Hendersonville Water and Sewer or Tim Heim with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Asheville Regional Office at (828) 296-4500.

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