FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Public Utilities experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater from a pump station located on Chavis Street in Franklinton July 1. The spill occurred after the area received some 3-plus inches of rain in short duration during the morning hours. The main cause of the bypass is attributable to the direct inflow of storm water into the town of Franklinton’s sewer collection system. It is estimated that approximately 12,000 gallons of untreated wastewater entered a tributary of Cedar Creek, located in the Tar River Basin.
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 and is currently under review.
For more information, call Bryce Mendenhall at 919-556-6177.