Location was the site of three previous spills this year

For the fourth time this year, the city of Havelock is reporting a sewer spill on Oakwood Drive.

An estimated 37,500 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled from manhole No. G111 on Oakwood Drive on Tuesday, according to a release from the city. The sewage flowed into Caps Branch, which flows into Slocum Creek in the Neuse River Basin.

The spill occurred as the city was receiving about an inch of rain. Many of the sewage spills that have occurred on Oakwood Drive have occurred during periods of heavy rain.

It is the fourth sewer spill at the location this year. On June 11, an estimated 21,750 gallons of untreated sewage flowed from the manhole on Oakwood Drive. A 27,000-gallon spill was reported at the site on Jan. 29, and about 2,250 gallons overflowed on April 16.

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.

State law requires spills of more than 1,000 gallons to be reported to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, according to the release.