Discharge of 4,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater reported in Columbia

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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The Town of Columbia has reported the bypass of partially treated wastewater at the Columbia Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), located at 604 N. Road Street Extension in Columbia.

According to information from the Town of Columbia, the discharge at the WWTP occurred early Monday evening, April 6 and is estimated to have released 4,000 gallons. The town’s press release further states that although the discharge was confined to the WWTP property, it may eventually enter the Scuppernong River by way of neighboring farmland, swampland and an unnamed canal that empties into the river.

Town officials explained that the discharge occurred when a back-up generator failed to come on when power was lost during a thunderstorm.

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Clean-up and remediation efforts are underway by town employees.

For addition information, contact Columbia town manager Rhett White at 252-796-2781.



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