CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Personnel from the Public Works Division are working to clear up a sewage spill on Camp Lejeune.
Public Works officials say an estimated 9,900 gallons of wastewater spilled into a storm water pond located next to the Tarawa Terrace residential area at the intersection of Tarawa Boulevard and Peleliu Drive. They say it happened around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
They say the cause of the spill was a sewer line which was blocked by debris and grease emanating from residential homes and overflowed out of a manhole and into the adjacent storm water pond.
The blocked sewer line was cleared early the same day. And now Public Works officials are pumping out residual wastewater from the storm water pond. They are also disinfecting the area.
Water samples have been taken by the base and North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; results are pending.
Base officials have confirmed the residential water supply will not be impacted by the sewage spill.