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Untreated wastewater discharged into Grants Creek

SALISBURY — About 10,600 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into Grants Creek Monday, the city of Salisbury announced.

The discharge was from one of Salisbury-Rowan Utilities collection system manholes on Hollywood Drive in Spencer. Grants Creek feeds into the Yadkin River.

The overflow is related to several recent storms that dropped rain on the area, said Mike West, systems maintenance manager for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities. At the time of the discharge, Grants Creek had flooded over its banks because of 3 inches or more of rain the night before, West said.

Utilities Director Jim Behmer said there should not be any adverse environmental effects because of the discharge.

State law requires that owners or operators of any wastewater collection or treatment system notify the public when discharges of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface water.

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