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Important Updates

Staff is currently working through logistics with Waste Industries regarding the company’s taking over trash and recycling collection for the Town of Beaufort. In an effort to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible, it has been decided to wait until April before transferring that service completely to Waste Industries. A firm date will be announced in mid-March. In the meantime, Public Works will continue to collect household waste on Mondays, recycling on Tuesdays and yard and bulk items on Wednesdays. We will continue to seek public input in the coming weeks. Please email any concerns, questions or suggestions to Public Information Officer Jennifer Allen at j.allen@beaufortnc.org


Talk Trash” with a representative from Waste Industries will be held 4-6 p.m. Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m. March 8 and 4-6 p.m. March 22 in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St. Citizens are encouraged to come and ask any questions they have about the new trash collection process. If you can't make these informal meetings, you can check out this film made in Hillsborough that shows how easy the carts are to handle and where to place properly for pick up.


Ricks Avenue is closed to through traffic until further notice due to a failed 36" culvert, which has caused a sink hole in the roadway. Crews are currently being scheduled for repairs. Updates will be provided as they become available. Contact Town Hall at 252-728-2141 for more details.

UPDATE 01/27/16: Around Town, stormwater crews have nearly completed a large cleanout project at the intersection of Live Oak and First streets. Public Works Director Mark Eakes reports that the ditch bordering the old elementary school property seemed to perform much more effectively during the last rain event. 

 

UPDATE 10/05/15: Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. 

In accordance with that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to media in the affected county: 

Due to flooding along Front Street caused by the recent rain event, the Town of Beaufort has had a discharge of an undetermined amount of untreated wastewater on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, into Taylor’s Creek in the White Oak River Basin. 

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, and is reviewing the matter. For more information, contact the Town of Beaufort at 252-728-2141.  

UPDATE to 9/25/15 Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

3:30 p.m. 9/28/15: Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater. This release was emailed to media, NCDENR in Wilmington, NC Shellfish and Sanitation (NCDMF) in Morehead City and Carteret County Health Department.

Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. 

In accordance with that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to media in the affected county:

Due to flooding along Front Street caused by the recent rain event, the Town of Beaufort continues to have a discharge of an undetermined amount of untreated wastewater into Taylor’s Creek in the White Oak River Basin.

The Division of Water Resources has been notified and is assisting with the matter. For more information, contact the Town of Beaufort at 252-728-2141.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. 09/28/15: Beaufort, along with neighboring areas of Eastern North Carolina, recently experienced a substantial rain event. 

The increase of wastewater going to the Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the many impacts the more than 12 to 14 inches of rainfall over the last few days has had on Beaufort’s infrastructure.

 The system of separate pipes under Town include water pipes for potable water, pipes carrying untreated wastewater into the Wastewater Treatment Plant, pipes leaving the plant with treated wastewater, and stormwater pipes; the latter two both drain into nearby bodies of water. 

Because of the recent rain and flooding, the wastewater treatment plant has processed 3 million gallons per day since Friday, Sept. 25, and it’s anticipated to process that much today, Sept. 28. That’s five times the 600,000 gallons the plant usually processes per day. Fortunately, the plant has been able to accommodate the increased demand. 

The reason the wastewater treatment plant is experiencing a surge in volume is because the wastewater pipes are taking in stormwater due to Inflow and infiltration, or clear water that enters the sewer system from a variety of sources. In this case, stormwater.

The impact of the heavy rains on Town infrastructure is also apparent along Front Street. The combination of a Town wide increase in stormwater flowing into pipes and waterways plus high tides prevents stormwater in stormwater pipes to properly drain into Taylor’s Creek. 

When water from Taylor’s Creek covers the manholes along Front Street, it is mostly saltwater. When the amount of water entering the sewer system exceeds the lines’ capacity, there is some seepage of sewer mixed with salt water out of the tops of the manhole lids.

Due to the possibility of a higher bacteria concentration, it is advised to avoid these areas of standing water. Also, please avoid driving in areas with obvious flooding.

 While the rain and high tides have greatly impacted the Town’s stormwater and sewer systems, the water system has not been affected.

 Marine Fisheries has taken samples of water on Front Street and other affected areas in Beaufort and is monitoring the situation. NCDENR has been notified of discharge and are following proper procedures.  

09/25/15: This release was emailed to media, NCDENR in Wilmington, NC Shellfish and Sanitation (NCDMF) in Morehead City and Carteret County Health Department.

 Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

 In accordance with that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to media in the affected county:

 The Town of Beaufort had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, of an estimated 9,000 gallons at the intersection of Highway 101 and West Beaufort Road, on Turner Street and the 1300 block of Front Street.  The untreated wastewater was discharged into Town Creek and into Taylor’s Creek in the White Oak River Basin.

 The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, and is reviewing the matter. For more information, contact the Town of Beaufort at 252-728-2141.