Wastewater was discharged into the Watauga River basin.

The Cottages of Boone, at 615 Fallview Lane, experienced a discharge of untreated domestic wastewater April 21-23.

High Country Press reports the discharge occurred when an equalization tank overflowed while work was being conducted on the wastewater treatment system, and it is estimated that approximately 70,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged to Laurel Fork stream within the Watauga River Basin.

According to the report, the housing development operates an on-site and permitted wastewater treatment system, and notified the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources of the discharge on April 22.

The report indicated The Cottages is reviewing maintenance processes and procedures. There is no action required by the public at this time.

For more information, contact Water Quality Regional Operations at (336) 776-9700.