Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department successfully collected and treated more than 28 billion gallons of the community's wastewater during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. There were 281 sewer spills in our community, a decrease of 54 spills compared to the year before. In fact, the number of spills per 100 miles of pipe continued to decline from 10.9 in 2007 to 6.7 spills in fiscal year 2012.
Wastewater overflows are still a community challenge. "More than half our overflows can be prevented at the kitchen sink," said spokesperson Cam Coley. "Customers can help protect the environment - and their plumbing - by pouring fats, oils, and grease in a disposable jar and pitching it into the trash, instead of down the drain."
In the September water bill, customers will receive a summary of the annual wastewater report. The reports will also be posted on www.cmutilities.com under "Education."