The Cottages of Boone has self-reported another wastewater spill, just weeks after a Sept. 14 spill of nearly 5,000 gallons.
The Watauga Democrat reports the most recent event was a two hour discharge of around 300 gallons of untreated wastewater into Laurel Fork Creek, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.
The report sent to the water division of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality the spill was caused by a pump that had “gone bad” and caused mechanical errors leading to an overflow, and that a new pump was installed, and a pump truck was called to empty and clean the water tank on Oct. 2.
Watauga Riverkeeper Andy Hill said he does not think the report is accurate, and believes the spill was larger than reported. Hill has been testing the water since October 1.
Records from the NCDEQ state that The Cottages of Boone has already paid upwards of $60,000 in fines due to illegally spilling both treated and untreated wastewater from its treatment plant.