A pipe failure at Meads Waste Water Treatment Facility on Griffith Road on Dec. 10 led to the spillage of 1,800 gallons of non-drinkable water into Salem Creek, the City-County Utilities Division reported.
Courtney Driver, the director of the division, said the spill involved no raw sewage but was in fact water that had been treated with every treatment process except chlorination. Driver said the division uses that kind of water, known as non-potable water, for uses aside from drinking water at the plant.
Utilities officials said the spill started at 7 a.m. on Dec. 10 when the pipe carrying the non-potable water failed, and was stopped by 10 a.m.
While the pipe was broken, officials said, non-potable water was not available at the treatment plant for those uses. Drinking water was substituted until the pipe could be fixed and put back into operation.
Utilities workers performed cleanup activities after the spill, which was reported to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.