Released by Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount
On Sunday, July 17, 2016, a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) occurred as a result of saturated ground conditions and locally intense rains associated with a weather system which passed through central and eastern North Carolina.
The SSO occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on Riverside Drive and resulted in an estimated volume of 5,600 gallons of heavily diluted wastewater flowing into the Tar River.
“Due to the saturated soil conditions and the 3.1 inches of rain experienced locally over a 32-hour period beginning just after 6pm on Friday, July 15, the sewer collection system at Riverside Drive was overwhelmed with heavily diluted wastewater. While any sanitary sewer overflow is unacceptable, the heavily diluted nature of the wastewater and the unusually high flows in each of the receiving waters helped to reduce the potential impact of these events,” said Jonathan Boone, director of Public Works and Water Resources.
According to Boone, no lab testing could be performed as the receiving waters were in a high flow state. For additional information, call 252.972.1290.
This discharge is the seventh SSO reported in 2016, following two on February 4, two on February 5, and two on February 25.
The city of Rocky Mount spans Nash and Edgecombe counties in Eastern North Carolina. The city website is rockymountnc.gov.