Notification of wastewater spill in Newton

NEWTON, NC (January 18, 2013) -- House Bill 1160, which the General Assembly enacted in July 1999, requires municipalities, animal operations, industries and others who operate waste handling systems to issue news releases when a waste spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

In accordance with that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to media in Catawba County:

The City of Newton experienced five sanitary sewer overflows on Jan. 17 due to heavy rainfall: 7,300 gallons at 1432 NC 10 West into Hildebran Creek; 4,800 gallons at 1857 Burris Road which stayed contained on the ground and did not reach the water of the state; 3,600 gallons at 922 W. First St. into Hildebran Creek; 2,400 gallons at a second location on 922 W. First St. into Hildebran Creek; and 7,200 gallons at 1431 NC 10 West into Hildebran Creek.

The Division of Water Quality has been notified of the event and is reviewing the matter. For more information, contact Wilce Martin, Director of Public Works & Utilities, at 828-695-4289.