This small town in Iredell County NC was in violation of illegal discharge of untreated wastewater from an unpermitted wastewater collection system into a nearby tributary in 2015.  Since that time, an interim solution of using a holding tank, pump and treat system, with disposal to be conducted offsite was put in place; however, the cost to currently operating this system is beyond the financial capacity of the members of the Town.

Project BACKGROUND

The community partner received a compliance order from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Drinking Water, in October of 2017. The notice pertained to the illegal discharge of untreated wastewater from an unpermitted wastewater collection system into a tributary. The continued discharge was determined to be a potential threat to surface water quality and human health. Also, the collection pond adjacent to the tributary system provides no active treatment and is also the source of fire suppression water in the event of a fire. In September of 2015, DWR issued a notice of violation regarding these discharges. In 2017, the Town proposed to the DEQ an interim solution of using a holding tank and pump and treat system, with disposal to be conducted offsite. However, the cost of currently operating this system is beyond the financial capacity of the members of the Town.

Project Scope

The scope of work will include an engineering report, consisting of background/historical analysis of sanitation service provision, the potential wastewater alternatives, costs related to the construction and O&M of those alternatives, and assisting with the preparation of requests for State or Federal funding to remedy the current situation in partnership with SERCAP.

About the Community

This particular community is located in the Brushy Mountains in Northwestern North Carolina. The population is around 108 people and the poverty rate is 21%.

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