Johnston pipe break releases 7,500 gallons of sewage into Neuse tributary

From Staff ReportsFebruary 18, 2014 

— A wastewater treatment plant near Smithfield leaked about 7,500 gallons of sewage when a pipe broke, Johnston County officials said Tuesday.

Crews were able to recover about 3,500 gallons and send it back into the Central Johnston County sewer system after the break Monday, county spokeswoman Lu Hickey said in a statement.

The rest of the sewage went into an unnamed stream that flows into the Neuse River, Hickey said.

The break happened near 2853 Buffalo Road, officials said.

Johnston officials notified the state Division of Water Quality that the spill happened, the statement said, then issued a required public notice.

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