Update: All clear given after 1,500 gallon sewage spill in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The City of Jacksonville said about 1,500 gallons of wastewater spilled in a waterway that feeds into Mill Creek after a pipe broke in the Northwoods neighborhood on Clyde Drive.

The terra-cotta pipe collapsed causing a backup of wastewater that then overflowed into the nearby stormwater drain, according to the City of Jacksonville. State officials and the Riverkeeper was notified by the city.

The city began testing on Tuesday to see if there was any contamination. On Thursday, levels of fecal matter were elevated. Another bacteria test was not as high.

A spokesman for the city’s utilities department said the wastewater is sitting in ditches because it has not rained.

Tests were performed for a third time on Thursday. Those results indicated a significant drop in the bacteria levels.

The spokesman said the state told the city on Friday no more tests were needed.

The city reports there has never been a hazard to the public regarding this spill.

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