Fecal bacteria levels in the water have been within the state’s “standard range” for the past two working days. And this morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services removed warning signs around the pond.
Lab tests show that bacteria levels in the pond began dropping late last week. However, the signs urging no fishing or contact with the water remained posted near the park pond throughout the weekend as a precaution. The elevated bacteria levels are believed to be caused by a sewage spill in a residential area near the park that was reported on April 2. The sewage spill was caused by a blockage from kitchen grease.
There were no fish kills in the pond and no reports of any problems for people or pets who came in contact with the pond water. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation during the past week,” said John McCulloch, environmental supervisor with Storm Water Services. “We know that it was an inconvenience for some who wanted to go fishing or let their dogs play in the water.”
Storm Water Services does not plan any additional water quality sampling in the Park Road Park pond unless new, additional problems are reported.