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WILMINGTON, N.C. — A spill of 66,000 gallons of sewer water is seen as a small spill compared to the amount that has been flowing into the Cape Fear River, according to the Port City Daily.
Over the past several years sewer levels have continued to test the limits of an aging sewer system and area treatment plants, stated the article.
Matt Jordan, chief executive officer of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA), said the spills have become common, but that doesn’t mean he and the CFPUA aren’t trying to prevent them from happening.
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“I don’t know of any utility in the world, of any size, that doesn’t have sewer overflows,” he said. “The idea is to minimize them in volume and in frequency, and to manage them well.”
Overflows result from failing pipes due to age and clogged pipes from grease dumped down drains, noted the article.
Recently a valve error caused a sewage digester to overflow.
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