About 2,250 gallons of sewage flows from site of frequent spills

The city of Havelock has reported a sewer spill Monday at the site where frequent spills have occurred in the past.

The city reports an estimated 2,250 gallons of untreated sewage flowed from a manhole on Oakwood Drive on Monday morning. The untreated sewage flowed into Caps Branch, which flows into Slocum Creek, which is part of the Neuse River basin, according to a release from the city.

The spill occurred at a time in which heavy rain was falling. The National Weather Service in Newport reports that the Havelock area received 2.15 inches of rain in a 24-hour period from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

The spill is the second at the Oakwood Drive location this year. A 27,000-gallon spill was reported at the site on Jan. 29, also during a heavy rainfall.

In August of last year, three sewer spills totaling 47,200 gallons were reported. The incidents on Aug. 9, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 all occurred during periods of heavy rainfall.

During 2016 and 2017, the city reported eight spills from the Oakwood Drive location.

According to the city, inflow and infiltration of stormwater into the city sewer system is a problem that is being addressed. In February, the city reported that sewer lines were in the process of being evaluated and cleaned, and that a leaking sewer line that had been a source of “significant” stormwater inflow into the sewer system was replaced.