There is work going on in the area of North Kerr Avenue and Grathwol Drive to repair the Ogden Interceptor, but crews visiting the location on many occasions have not detected a “sewer smell,” said Cape Fear Public Utility Authority spokeswoman Carey Ricks.
“Also, consider that the area mentioned is very near a tidally influenced creek. Creeks often smell ‘biological,’ but I am not the expert to address that,” Ricks said.
CFPUA and contractor crews began working earlier this year along the southern section of Smith Creek between I-40 and North Kerr in an effort to “proactively” address the repair and replacement of sections of the Ogden Interceptor.
An estimated 120,000 gallons of raw sewage escaped into Smith Creek from the Ogden Interceptor in early June after a tributary overflowed near a manhole following heavy rains. The Ogden Interceptor was the source of another spill in mid-June, when more than 5,000 gallons of raw sewage leaked out, including 700 gallons that entered Smith Creek.
CFPUA said at the time the spill happened during the cleaning of a pump station on North Kerr Avenue near Grathwol Drive. The spill was contained by repair crews in about 10 minutes.
The decade-old Odgen Interceptor line has had a series of problems this year. CFPUA has budgeted $7 million to replace the roughly 9,000-foot sewer pipe.
Construction should be complete by the end of the year.
Ricks emphasized that the Ogden Interceptor isn’t necessarily responsible for reported sewer odors in the North Kerr Avenue/Grathwol Drive area.
“Again, there are many biological/ecological components that may contribute,” she said.
What’s up with all those dead-looking trees along the Cape Fear River?
Date posted: September 16, 2010
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