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Notification of Wastewater Spill in Pitt County

Greenville Utilities has reported a wastewater spill that was discovered at 1:30 p.m. on October 17, 2022. The incident was the result of a leak on a sewer force main that caused an overflow near 2900 E 2nd Street, just off the Tar River Greenway. As a result, approximately 5,900 gallons of wastewater spilled into a wetland area adjacent to Green Mill Run, a tributary of the Tar River.

GUC responded immediately to the call, successfully ending the spill by 3:00 p.m. Crews were able to pump and recover approximately 3,500 gallons of the spill back into a nearby manhole of the sewer collection system. The area adjacent to the sewer force main pipe, as well as affected areas downstream, were treated with a chlorine solution. In accordance with regulatory requirements, the Division of Water Quality was notified of the spill.


The North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation in July 1999, requiring 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. Spills of 15,000 gallons may require both a news release and a public notice.