West Jefferson reports 20,000 gallon wastewater spill

October 23, 2013

The Town of West Jefferson experienced a wastewater spill on Oct. 10, 2013, of an estimated total volume of 20,000 gallons of untreated wastewater. The wastewater escaped from the force main line at the Beaver Creek Pump Staion (approximate location – 31Beaver Creek School Road), and an estimated 10,000 gallons spilled into Beaver Creek in the New River Basin. The cause of the spill was due to a hole found in a six-inch piece of ductile iron pipe. There was a rock found on the underneath of the pipe that contributed to the the hole. This area had recently been excavated by a separate utility in recent weeks that could have also contributed to the issue.

The Division of Water Quality was notified of the event on Oct. 21, 2013 and is reviewing the matter.

For more information, call the Town of West Jefferson at 336-246-3551.

House Bill 1160, which the General Assembly enacted in July 1999, requires that municipalities, animal operations, industries, and others who operate waste handling systems, issue press releases when a waste spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

In accordance with that regulation, a press release was submitted to the Jefferson Post in the affected county.