Burlington, North Carolina, is making good on a legal agreement SELC negotiated with the city to overhaul its aging wastewater collection and treatment system and to prevent further sewage spills in the Haw River. Construction crews have installed some 3,580 feet of 42-inch pipe in the first phase of the replacement of the Haw River Interceptor, which collects and transports sewage to a wastewater plant that serves half the city.
The next phase of the project, which will replace 3,558 feet of sewer line installed in the late 1950s, will begin this spring. Our agreement commits the city to more aggressive system maintenance, prompt public notification of any sewage spills, and completion of eight infrastructure projects valued at more than $11 million.
As part of a campaign to protect and improve water quality in North Carolina, SELC and Waterkeepers Carolina have set up a website where citizens can report threats to the state’s waters.