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In the 1980s, only 500 people lived in Rolesville, North Carolina, but by 2004, the population had doubled in size. Much of this growth is due to Raleigh’s explosive expansion in the 1990s as well as the establishment of a comprehensive water and sewer system for northeastern Wake County in the 1990s. The system opened northeast Wake County—Rolesville in particular—to residential development, but residents still hold onto their small town’s history.
The new proposal on sewage disposal from the Girl Scout Camp, Camp Hardee, raised many questions about the organization and the public’s health.
Like many areas in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, Edgecombe County has a lot of land with a high-water table. This makes some sites unsuitable for septic tank installation, but there are no ordinances or building codes prohibiting such activities. Community leaders in Edgecombe County are searching for solutions to better living standards through more adequate sewage disposal for rural residences.
On July 1, 1992, North Carolina became the first state in the nation to implement a mandatory statewide on-site wastewater treatment system classification and maintenance program. The practice of relying on on-site systems is widespread because of the rural nature of the state. This article discusses the evolution of the maintenance program, and new requirements for sewage disposal and on-site wastewater treatment systems.
During the period of July 2000 to June 2001, the City of Raleigh reported sixty-six sewer line blockages that resulted in sewage spills of one-thousand gallons or more. More than half of these blockages were caused by the buildup of fats, oils, and greases (FOG) in the sewer line. Although managers have incentive to act in the form of new requirements under the State’s Clean Water Act of 1999, they are having difficulty designing programs that are successful at preventing grease blockages.