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Sewage discharge reported in Spring Hope

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SPRING HOPE — Torrential rain from Tropical Storm Eta resulted in roughly 3,000 gallons of untreated wastewater being discharged from the town of Spring Hope’s wastewater treatment plant at 811 N.C. 581 S., according to public works contractor Envirolink. 

A notice attributes the Nov. 12 discharge to “severe weather conditions of 10-plus inches of rainfall within 25 hours.” 

The untreated wastewater entered an unnamed tributary of the Tar-Pamlico River Basin. Envirolink workers found evidence the surface water reached the basin and notified the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, whose Division of Water Resources is reviewing the matter. 

Envirolink, which operates Spring Hope’s wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection system, notified media outlets of the discharge in accordance with state law. 

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