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BESSEMER CITY, NC – General Statute 143.215.1C(b)(1) requires the owner or operator of any wastewater collection treatment system to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. Per that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to media in the affected County:

The City of Besemer City was notified of a sewer overflow on Monday, December 4, 2023, at 3:30 pm near 707 South 6th Street. City crews responded and had the issue resolved within one hour. An estimated 60,480 gallons of untreated sewer was discharged into an unnamed stream that leads to Abernathy Creek. The untreated wastewater was discharged into the Catawba River Basin.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 8:30 am and is reviewing the matter. For more information, please contact the City of Bessemer City by emailing



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