Fairmont sewer line that busted repaired

Staff Report

FAIRMONT — The town of Fairmont has repaired a sewer force main split by Hurricane Matthew.

About 1.152 million gallons of sewage were discharged before a bypass sewer main could be constructed, stopping the leak, the town said.

According to a notice from the town, repairs were made to the force main on Tuesday. The leak was discovered Friday after Hurricane Matthew dumped more than 13 inches of rain in Fairmont, exposing the force main and pulling it apart at one of its joints.

The leak occurred on N.C. 130 East at Old Field Swamp between Industrial Drive and Powell Street.

Repairs were hampered by flooding and damage from the hurricane, the notice said. In an effort to minimize the spill, the town used tanker trucks to haul wastewater.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources has been notified of the spill. According to a previous notice from the town, the untreated wastewater was discharged into the Pittman Mill Branch in the Lumber River Basin.

Staff Report

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