Oakwood Drive the site of three spills this month totaling 47,200 gallons

For the third time this month, the city of Havelock has had to report a sewage spill to state authorities.

And all three spills have happened at the same spot — on Oakwood Drive — totaling 47,200 gallons.

The latest happened on Monday when an estimated 14,700 gallons of untreated sewage flowed into Caps Branch, which flows to Slocum Creek.

The spill Monday came exactly a week after a similar and slightly larger spill of 18,500 gallons on Aug. 22 flowed into Caps Branch.

Another sewage spill happened on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, with another 14,000 gallons flowing into Caps Branch.

Besides the location, another similarity among all the spills is that they took place during periods of heavy rain. The storm water runoff from the rain can infiltrate the sewer system, overtaxing areas and causing sewage spills.

Sewer overflows on Oakwood Drive have occurred in the past. According to the city, engineers are looking into a solution to the issue. Once a plan is agreed upon, the city could put the project out for contract bidding.

The city notified the N.C. Division of Water Resources, which is reviewing the incident, according to a release from the city. The city is required under state law to report any sewer spill larger than 1,000 gallons that reach surface waters.