By Linda Farneth
On Sunday March 17, 2019 the Colonial Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility experienced an electronic failure of the ultraviolet treatment system in the final phases of treating roughly 514,874 gallons of sewage/water.
The problem was identified and quickly resolved, returning the system to normal operations by 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning. March 18.
Per standard procedure, the town notified Virginia Department of Environmental Quality at 2:08 PM that an “untreated” flow of up to 514,874 gallons may have reached state waters.
The flow was actually partially treated but lacked the final stage of treatment before it was dumped.
The report was transferred from DEQ to the Virginia Department of Health, who subsequently issued notice of a spill of raw sewerage. Although the sewerage was partially treated…