Last evening at a Public Hearing in Raleigh, the National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit(s) for Southern Granville County Water and Sewer Authority (SGWASA) and several other dischargers who have consistently failed to meet permit requirements and water quality standards were challenged by the Neuse River Foundation as will as several residents from Butner.

Clean Water NC has deemed SGWASA as a “chronic polluter” and they have worked closely with residents of Butner to provide the community with the tools needed to have a better understanding of the potenial environmetal consequences of SGWASA’s continued non-compliance. SGWASA’s history speaks for its self consider this from Raleigh Eco News;

Southern Granville County Water and Sewer Authority’s sewage treatment plant, formerly Butner, has had a long history of compliance problems that have contributed directly to declining water quality in Falls Lake — a drinking water supply for 400,000 Wake County Citizens. Since 2003, this plant has received 86 Notice of Violations or enforcement actions by the state, totaling more than $61,000 in fines and penalties. Falls Lake was listed as impaired from pollution on the states 303d “Impaired Waters” list.

The NCDENR, Division of Water Quality notified SGWASA of the “significant changes from their current permit” on May 7, 2008. For those of you who have yet to comment there is still time to let your voice be heard. The comment period for the NPDES permit for SGWASA was extended unti June 30. This is not a new issue for those of us who live in Butner but we can have a hand in how this plays out in the future. 

Updated 070909 | If you had trouble with the “not a new” issue link above click here to download or read the story “Butner lied about water problems, keeper says” by Kristina Leighton, Wake Weekly Staff Writer