There have been numerous and dangerous sewage spills around Havelock, most notably near a manhole that is located on Oakwood Drive. Also, there have been reoccurring problems since 2015, including 15 spills that have flooded into areas around the manhole. Lauren Wargo, special projects/communications coordinator said the city of Havelock has been working "proactively" and "aggressively" to resolve the matter.


One resident of Oakwood Drive has complained of water backing up throughout his house, and outdated pipes have caused overflow. As reported previously by The Sun Journal, 500,000 gallons of rainwater and raw sewage spilled from the same manhole over the past five years.


Wargo said via email that the town has been investigating sources of infiltration and inflow, as well as hydraulic limitations within the sewer system for the last three years.


"Incidents occur at the Oakwood Drive manhole at Cap’s Branch, not directly into the Neuse River, because it is located at the lowest point in the system," said Wargo.


She said that throughout this endeavor the city is working closely with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Equality (NCDEQ) investigating what may be causing the frequent spills, and looking at repair issues.


"The City has complied with all actions required by the DEQ, including notifications, response letters and a sampling program. The city and DEQ share the common goal of eliminating all sewer spills within the city of Havelock," She said.


Wargo said the current lines contract is with the T.A. Loving Company from Goldsboro, N.C.


The repairs will include three issues: Daniels Court will have repairs done to their sewer line, manhole, and the company will address storm water failures. The company will repair a line failure on Shepard Street, and a manhole failure will be repaired on Forest Hill Drive.


The cost of the contract is approximately $160,000, she said.