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Waste Water Treatment Plant

It is the mission of the Spring Lake Waste Water Treatment Plant to provide safe, healthy, sanitary treatment and disposal of waste water and byproducts generated within the Town’s area of responsibility by residential and commercial sources and to protect the water quality of the Lower Little River.  It strives to operate, maintain and manage the Town of Spring Lake’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure that environmental resources, economic well being and future needs of the Citizens of both the Town and Cumberland County are protected.

The Spring Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant is fully operational. The facility has a permitted capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day.  It contains a state-certified field laboratory, aeration tanks, clarifiers, chlorination and de-chlorination systems as well as a solids handling facility.  The treated wastewater discharges through an outfall pipe into the Lower Little River. The solids are removed from the wastewater and are applied to an application area located adjacent to the treatment facility.  These solids provide moisture, nutrients and conditioning to soils.

The State requires that the Plant have an Operator in Charge (ORC). The Plant is categorized as a class three (3) plant and our ORC on site is a Class four (4); therefore, our plant is in compliance.  One will also find that all of the staff at the plant are current and up to date on certifications and training requirements necessary to fulfill their job duties and keep the plant in compliance with local and state regulations.

The plant is manned twelve (12) hours per day, five (5) days per week.  There is 24-hour coverage available via on-call and the plant is visited for at least two (2) hours per day on the weekends and holidays.

Occasionally, there may be a chlorine alarm that sounds when a leak is detected but there is no off site danger.  Other “alarms” are communicated via computer to an on-call phone number and addressed promptly.

Plant tours are available to school groups and civic organizations.  Advanced notice is required.  To schedule a visit, please contact the Plant ORC, Plant Superintendent or Water Resources Manager for more information.

The Waste Water Treatment Plant falls under the Water Resources Department.

  • Water Resources Director : Tim Garner
  • Plant ORC: Richard Mendez
  • Plant Superintendent: Henry Taylor

The Waste Water Treatment Plant can be contacted by phone, fax, mail or e-mail.
350 Harps Street
Spring Lake, NC 28390
phone: (910) 497 – 5748
fax: (910) 497 – 0137

Spring Lake Town Directory


The Town of Spring Lake • 300 Ruth Street • Spring Lake, NC 28390 Town Hall: (910) 436-0241 • Water Department: (910) 703 – 8912

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