Chatham County reports untreated wastewater discharge

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Public Utilities experienced a discharge of untreated wastewater on September 11, 2020. At 1:45 p.m., county staff discovered the discharge at a manhole located along Renaissance Drive in Pittsboro, south of the Chatham County Detention Center.

The discharge of approximately 3,000 gallons was abated at 2:45 p.m. The cause of the discharge was due to a pipe failure inside the manhole that overflowed. Utilities crews immediately worked to repair the pipe and remediate the spill area. That work is now complete. The untreated wastewater from this pipe failure discharged into a tributary of Harlands Creek.

The NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Quality Raleigh Regional Office was notified of the event within the 24 hour requirement. For more information, please contact Chatham County Utilities Director Larry Bridges at 919-542-8238.