On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) occurred as a result of a failure of the bypass pumps located at Stith Talbert Park in conjunction with a project to rehabilitate the 54-inch sewer interceptor located north of the park.
The SSO occurred at approximately 4:15am on Riverside Drive, continued until approximately 6:25am, and resulted in an estimated volume of 1,200 gallons of diluted wastewater flowing into the Tar River. While the overflow was not the result of any action by the city, city crews responded promptly and were responsible for abating the release, cleaning and reopening the roadway.
Says Jonathan Boone, director of Public Works and Water Resources:
“The bypass pumping system in place at Stith Talbert Park was installed in conjunction with a contract awarded to Layne Inliner, LLC to rehabilitate 2,000 feet of the 54-inch sewer interceptor that begins at the Fire Training Grounds located north of the park. The failure appears to be the result of human error on the part of Layne Inliner, LLC and/or one of the subcontractors on the project. While any sanitary sewer overflow is unacceptable, the diluted nature of the wastewater and the high flows on the Tar River helped to reduce the potential impact of these events.”
According to Boone, lab samples were collected and results are expected to be available within 24 hours. Due to the volume of the release and the high flows present on the Tar River, no significant adverse impact is anticipated.
Stith-Talbert Park is located at 729 Pennsylvania Avenue, Rocky Mount NC.
For additional information, call 252.972.1290.
The city website is www.rockymountnc.gov. Rocky Mount spans portions of Edgecombe and Nash counties in Eastern North Carolina (inner coastal plain).
Source: Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC