YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin County Public Utilities experienced bypasses of untreated wastewater from a pump station in the Franklinton District and a main sewer line outfall located on Railroad Street in the Youngsville District.
The spills occurred after receiving rainfall in excess of 3-inches over the course of 24 hours. The main cause of the bypasses is attributable to the direct inflow of stormwater into the sewer collection system.
The spill in the Franklinton District is estimated to have released 1,500 gallons into an unnamed tributary of Cedar Creek while the spill in the Youngsville District is estimated to have released 7500 gallons into an unnamed tributary of Richland Creek.
Franklin County staff was notified of the spill by electronic monitoring equipment and appropriate staff responded to the incident. All operating equipment was found to be in working order, but was unable to handle the inflow of stormwater.
As required by North Carolina State Law, the spill was reported to the North Carolina Division of Water Quality via the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and is currently under review.
For additional information concerning this event, contact Bryce Mendenhall, Franklin County Public Utilities director at 919-556-6177.
Additional contact numbers may be obtained by visiting Franklin County’s website at www.franklincountync.us.