On Saturday, Oct. 8, at approximately 8 p.m., the City of Clinton Norman H. Larkins Water Pollution Control Facility located at 123 Mill Branch Road, Clinton, suffered an uncontrolled discharge of an unknown volume of untreated and partially treated wastewater from the influent and intermediate treatment portions of the wastewater treatment plant due to Hurricane Matthew.
The discharge resulted from torrential rains and power loss as well as damage to controls and equipment due to flooding and high winds. The discharge entered the Old Mill Branch, which flows to the Great Coharie Creek and ultimately, the Cape Fear River.
City staff responded immediately with all available remedies. The discharge was contained at approximately noon Monday, Oct. 10. The majority of the discharge consisted of rainwater from inflow and infiltration; however, some portion of the discharge consisted of domestic and industrial wastewater. There were no solids visible from the release.
At this time, impact to the receiving stream is unknown.