Sanitary Wipes and Paper Debris Causes Sewer Spill in Cary
- Cary responded last evening to a 2,000-gallon sewer spill in the area of Chimney Rise Drive.
- The spill was caused by blockage from a buildup of sanitary wipes and paper debris; staff cleared the blockage as part of site clean-up and restoration.
- Cary citizens are reminded to not rush to flush: disinfecting wipes, baby wipes and paper towels should instead be thrown in the trash for proper disposal.
CARY, NC – A sewer spill in Cary occurred last night near the 200 block of Chimney Rise Drive. Town staff responded to the alert that came in around 6:53 p.m. and stopped the spill at 8:13 p.m. The overall spill volume was 2,000 gallons which flowed into Kildaire Farm Lake. No fish kill was observed.
The spill was caused by a blockage from a buildup of sanitary wipes and paper debris in the sewer main. Town staff cleared the blockage, cleaned the site and applied powdered lime to the ground to treat the soil.
Cary reminds citizens that disinfecting wipes, baby wipes, and paper towels should not be flushed down the toilet. Instead, properly dispose of used sanitary paper items in the trash.
As required by law, additional notification has been made to the State Division of Water Resources, who will review the incident. North Carolina General Statues require public notice in the form of a news release issued by wastewater utility operators within 24 hours of the detection of a wastewater overflow of 1,000 gallons or greater that also reaches surface waters. Paid advertisements are also necessary for spills of 15,000 gallons or greater.
For more on Cary’s 990-plus miles of wastewater pipelines, ways to reduce sewer spills, or information on how to report a sewer spill, search “Sewer” at www.townofcary.org, or call 311 or (919) 469-4000 if outside Cary Town Limits.