Another wastewater discharge in Tryon 

Published 11:25 am Monday, March 8, 2021

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Town has second discharge from Braewick this week

TRYON—The Town of Tryon had another discharge of untreated wastewater Thursday after having one on Thursday from the same manhole. 

Thursday’s discharge was an overflow of approximately 5,000 gallons, with an estimated 3,000 gallons of the untreated wastewater entering an unknown tributary of Little Creek. 

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The discharge occurred from manhole #10, located at the intersection of Braewick Road and Melrose Avenue Extension. 

Thursday’s discharge lasted approximately 30 minutes, according to town reports. 

A similar discharge occurred on Tuesday at the same manhole. Tuesday’s discharge caused an overflow of approximately 7,000 gallons, with an estimated 5,000 gallons reaching the same unknown tributary of Little Creek. Tuesday’s discharge also lasted approximately 30 minutes, according to town reports. 

The town has been working on issues at Braewick, which has seen several discharges following heavy rains. The town has spent $23,500 to dredge the pond at the water plant and another $16.000 on new pumps below the wastewater treatment plant to help the issues. 

Town officials have said the Braewick Drive situation is the town’s top priority in a 15-year capital improvement plan currently being worked on. The town has to report any discharges from wastewater to the state and is normally fined at least $1,500 for each discharge. 

Wastewater systems are required to report any discharges by North Carolina General Statute Article 21, Chapter 143-215.1C to the public.