Greenville power outage leads to discharge of untreated sewage

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:29 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

GREENVILLE – Untreated sewage discharged from the Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday after a fallen tree took out the main power lines.

According to a press release, the sewage came from a manhole located on the grounds and released 330,000 gallons of the sewage.

“Because of the rain Greenville received on Friday, the sewage was pretty diluted,” said Shawn Wheat, wastewater utility public information officer.

A power outage occurred when a tree fell on the main lines across the river from the plant, which powers the Wastewater Treatment Plant from two different substations.

The power at the plant was out for about three hours.

The plant received an excess flow that flooded out the screening building and started discharging out of the manhole located next to the storage building and into the Flat River.

Wheat explained the 330,000 gallons is a much smaller amount then it could have been.

“Less is always better,” he said of the situation.

Wheat confirmed local health department and state officials were contacted regarding the discharge and no further action is required.

“We have done all we could do,” Wheat said.

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