Wastewater spill reported

More than 100,000 gallons
Jan. 22, 2013 @ 01:31 PM

The City of Thomasville reported a wastewater spill of more than 100,000 gallons Thursday, Jan. 17.
According to a press release, an estimated 102,000 gallons of untreated wastewater escaped from the East Davidson Pump Station and spilled into South Hamby Creek in the Yadkin / Pee Dee River Basin. Extended rainfall from the preceding week saturated the ground and heavy rains during the day and evening entered the collection system, causing the spill.
Rain water made up most of the spilled volume.
The Division of Water Quality was notified of the spill on Jan. 18 and is reviewing the matter. House Bill 1160, enacted by the General Assembly in 1999, requires all municipalities, animal operations industries and others who operate waste handling systems issue news releases when a waste spill of 1,000 gallons or more reached surface waters.