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At 9 AM on Monday, November 22nd, an OWASA crew responded to an overflow of untreated wastewater from a sewer manhole at Kingswood Apartments on the south side of Fordham Boulevard in Chapel Hill.

The overflow, which was stopped at 10:45 AM, resulted from an accumulation of grease which blocked the flow of wastewater in a sewer. OWASA estimated the volume of the overflow was about 515 gallons based on the known duration of the spill.

The OWASA crew flushed and the spill area with water, captured the water and pumped it back into the sewer system. Some of the spilled wastewater reached Morgan Creek

OWASA encourages customers to safely dispose of fat, oil and grease (FOG) to help prevent wastewater overflows. Residents can dispose of routine amounts of household fat, oil and grease with trash that goes to the landfill. Restaurants and related businesses are required to use grease traps and have them regularly cleaned by a business that recycles grease.

OWASA reported the spill to the NC Division of Water Quality, which is reviewing the matter.

For more information:

Greg Feller, Public Affairs, 537-4267 (office) or 369-0404 (mobile); gfeller@owasa.org