Untreated wastewater overflows from two manholes on Tuesday

Published 12:44 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2024

TRYON—The Town of Tryon announced on Wednesday that two untreated wastewater discharges occurred on Tuesday, January 9.

An overflow of 26,304 gallons of wastewater occurred from a manhole located near 44 Jervey Rd. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Manhole #10, located near the intersection of Braewick Rd. and Melrose Ave. Ext., saw an overflow of 8,800 gallons between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, Tryon and surrounding areas were hammered by hours of steady rain and storms.

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“The sewer system in town is aging,” said Town Manager Jim Fatland. “And when you have a rain event of this magnitude, where Tryon received over 5 inches of rain, it definitely affects it.”

Fatland says Tryon is seeking funds from the state in the form of grants to help with updates to local infrastructure.

“We certainly don’t want to see these overflows, but we report these (untreated wastewater discharges) to the state, and sometimes these instances can help with the process of getting grants and funding for the town’s infrastructure,” Fatland said.

The same manhole that overflowed on Jervey Rd. on Tuesday discharged approximately 9,000 gallons of untreated wastewater in late December.